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According to Giving USA’s annual survey, released this week, Americans approached a record level of generosity last year. Of the $260.28bn given to charity in 2005, 76.5 per cent of it came from donors. These people gave across the range of non-profit bodies, from museums to hospitals to religious , with a heavy emphasis on disaster relief after the Asian tsunami and US hurricanes. In total, Americans gave away 2.2 per cent of their household income in 2005, slightly above the 40-year of 2.1 per cent.