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.