White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives director John DiIulio and his wife have donated about 10 percent of their after-tax income — far above the national average — to nonprofit organizations in each of the past five years, the Associated Press reports. The AP also reports that DiIulio and his wife hope to increase their giving to 25 percent of their income.
"I don't think this represents any kind of a model for anyone," DiIulio said. "Everybody should do the best they can do, and I'm sure I can do better."
DiIulio, who is spearheading the administration's efforts to encourage Americans to increase their charitable giving, released the information after the Associated Press requested it.
The DiIulios' charitable contributions have benefited a variety of organizations, including Gesu Elementary School in Philadelphia, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Ella J. Baker House in Boston, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the University of Pennsylvania, and Prison Fellowship Ministries.