Charitable Giving by the Super Rich Dipped in 2010

George Soros tops the list of 50 biggest charitable donors in 2010
George Soros tops the list of 50 biggest charitable donors in 2010

With unemployment climbing and available federal dollars declining in 2010, the need for charitable giving seemed greater than ever, but gifts made during the year were actually down. According to a recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, charitable gifts at the top of the spectrum, those from the super rich, decreased in 2010.

The total amount of gifts reported by the country's biggest donors was $3.3 billion. That number, while still huge, represents the smallest total since the The Chronicle started tracking donations at the top.