Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Various and Sundry Statistics... on Stewardship

image Generous People Among the most generous U.S. population segments were evangelicals (24% of whom tithe); conservatives (12%); people who pray, read the Bible and attended a church service during the past week (12%); charismatic or Pentecostal Christians (11%); and registered Republicans (10%). Among the least generous are people under the age of 25, atheists and agnostics, single adults who have never been married, liberals, and downscale adults. 1% or less of the people in each of these segments tithed in ’07. Among all born again adults, 9% contributed one-tenth or more of their income. Protestants are 4 times as likely to tithe as Catholics (8% vs. 2%). From ’00 to ’04, an average of 84¢ out of every $1 donated by born again adults went to churches. Since ’05 that proportion has declined to just 76¢. (Barna Group 4/14/08)

Giving in the U.S. in ’07 was up 4.2%, and in current dollars before inflation adjustments it has increased $279 billion since 1966. Giving in ’07 is estimated to be $295 billion, an increase of more than 200% adjusted for inflation in the last 40 years. In just the last 10 years, it is up 65%. Giving by individuals and households was $222.9 billion in ’06 or 76% of total U.S. giving. Gifts to religious organizations hit $96.82 billion, up 4.5% over ’06. 32.8% of all giving went to religious organizations and has increased an average of 4.7% per year for the past 10 years. Since ’95, the number of registered 501(c)(3) organizations are up 67%, while total giving is up 185%. Total charitable giving as a percentage of the GNP was 2.2% in ’06. Individual giving as a percentage of personal income was 2.0% and above the 40-year average of 1.8%. There are approximately 1.4 million charities in the U.S. Americans really are generous! (Giving USA 2006)

In ’07, just 5% of American adults tithed 10% of their earnings.

The percentage of U.S. adults who tithe has stayed constant since ’00: 5% to 7%.

The median amount of money donated during ’07 was $400; the mean amount was $1308, vs. $1348 in ’06.

A Barna study finds 34% all U.S. adults gave away $1000 or more during ’07 while 18%) donated $100 or less.

83% of Evangelical Christians gave at least $1000 to churches and non-profit entities during ’07, the highest of all population segments.

64% of U.S. adults donated to a religious institution in ’07 (median amount $101; mean amount $883).

25% of the people who gave to religious centers donated at least $1000.

96% of evangelicals gave money to a church in ‘07; 81% donated at least $1000.

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