Economic hard times haven’t hardened people’s hearts. Most Americans, 81%, say they plan to give the same or more to charity this year, according to the 2012 Fidelity Charitable Giving Season Survey. That’s up nine and 18 percentage points from 2011 and 2010, respectively.

The survey showed that Americans, on average, expect to give $2,400 to charity this year, a 13% increase from $2,100 last year. Approximately four in 10 (42%) cited improved personal economic reasons for giving more, including a new job, a raise or lower household expenses.

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