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Survey finds those who donate to churches give more to all charities

A survey in the United States found that people who financially support the religious life of churches and comparable bodies of non-Christian religions also give more to charities than others.

And people who give volunteer service to religious bodies do more volunteer work for charities, the survey found.

Sponsors of the survey said it demonstrated that religious institutions and other nonprofit groups should not see themselves as competitors in seeking gifts of money and time, but as beneficiaries of a common base of religiously motivated givers.

The survey was a project of Independent Sector, a Washington-based agency that has a membership of more than 700 philanthropic bodies and seeks to "foster private initiative for the public good."

Faith and Philanthropy Report Shows Donors to Religion Are Also Most Generous to Other Causes (Media Release)
Independent Sector


2 Jul 2002