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Decline in religious donations

For the second consecutive year (2010 and 2011) American donations to religious organizations have decreased — this past year by 1.7 percent. Despite the drop in religious donations, overall giving was 4 percent higher in 2011 than in 2010, according to Giving USA.

In a report released in June by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, it shows individual Americans donated $218 billion, and $96 billion of it was toward religious organizations.

Robert Evans, board member of Giving USA, said the decline in charitable donations for religious groups could be due to a fall off in church attendance or an increase in competition from non-religious organizations.


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