Study on donors

Published October 1, 2002

New York

Americans who donate money to both religious and secular causes are more generous than those who give money only to secular institutions, a recent study has concluded.

The U.S. National Council of Churches (NCC) and Independent Sector, a Washington-based coalition of non-profit groups, foundations and corporations, found that U.S. households donating to both types of institutions give more than three times as much as those who merely donate to secular institutions ? an average of U.S. $2,247 and $623, respectively.

The gap surprised Robert Edgar, general secretary of the NCC, the nation?s largest ecumenical organisation, but he said it confirmed what he and other religious leaders had suspected.


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