At 65, Americans are shifting their focus from accumulating to giving of time and resources. It seems like a natural progression: after living for more than six decades, there’s a greater understanding of what matters.
The generosity of the 50 million Americans over 65 may be in part because of their perspective, but it may also reflect their controlling more assets and having a higher net worth than any prior generation. The Federal Reserve says that the average net worth for Americans age 65-74 is $1,066,000. The median American net worth is $224,000.
The Denver Post reports in the article “On Philanthropy: Giving in the last third of life,” that older Americans are the most generous generational group in the country. Those born before 1964 are responsible for almost 70% of all charitable giving.