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Atheists are givers

While past studies have shown that atheists are less likely to donate money than those who believe in God, that trend may be reversing.

Atheists from the website Reddit.com raised more than $200,000 for Doctors Without Borders this year. And the Foundation Beyond Belief raised more than $140,000 for charity in 2011, its second year in operation.

The growth in non-believers' giving may stem from the increase in numbers of non-religious people, or by increased awareness of natural disasters that comes from global Internet access.


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