Much of my "charitable" work is very direct, unofficial, and one-to-one with the kids in the neighborhood. Whenever my garage door is up, they start congregating because my garage is full of fascinating things that result in impromptu lessons in science or engineering that they'll never get in school and their parents are incapable of giving them. The kids are like sponges - they soak it all up and love it. Magnetism, aerodynamics, strength of materials, etc. Somehow, I have a way of presenting what would be normally college level stuff in a manner that a young child can comprehend. I can't explain how I do it, but they always walk away with a grasp of the basic concepts and filled with a desire to know more. How many adults could explain why an airplane stays in the air? There's a bunch of kids on my street who can ;->
Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks has written a book called Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism. His conclusions echo all of the other research I've seen:H/T TigerhawkThe book's basic findings are that conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.Liberals tend to specialize in giving away other peoples' money.
Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone's tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don't provide them with enough money.
[L]iberals give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood.