Moral Clarity Means Helping Others in Need


The U.S. is planning on spending $25.4 billion in foreign assistance in fiscal year 2018. How much is that? Much less than most Americans think. To put it in perspective, the government spent $216 billion on federal salaries in 2016 and another $69 billion on the cost of running the government not counting salaries.

Of the total sum to be spent next fiscal year on foreign assistance, only $5.27 billion will be set aside for humanitarian aid - money to help people in situations like the massive devastation that impacted Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. That sum for humanitarian aid is down $3.1 billion from the current fiscal year.

And that tiny bit does so much .

Every year, USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance draws on part of the foreign aid budget to respond to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries.

Learn more about how U.S. foreign aid is spent.

How much money is the right amount to help people recover from epic disasters?