Religion and Charity

December 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM

The Prescott, AZ Daily Courier remarks on the deep connection between religion and philanthropy in the United States. The driver for the editorial is the publication of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam.

‘Roughly three-quarters of charity given by highly religious Americans is indeed channeled toward religion,’ David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam wrote. ‘But religiosity provides such a boost to financial giving overall that the most religious Americans actually give more money to secular causes than do secular Americans.’

I don’t have the statistics handy – this isn’t the most data-driven blog online – but I remember reading that a vast majority of Americans’ charitable giving is through churches and other religious institutions.



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