Robert Evans

In A First, Religious Gifts Decline Slightly

Giving USA report finds 3.6 percent drop in all giving, but health and human services donations bump up.

06/16/2010
Staff Writer

Last year, for the first time in the more than 50 years the Giving USA Foundation has been tracking philanthropy, donations to religious institutions declined. 

While the drop in giving was minimal (less than 1 percent), it represents a shift in priorities among American donors from religion and education to health and human services, sectors that increased nearly 4 percent and 2 percent last year, respectively. 

Individuals accounted for 75 percent of all charitable giving in 2009, according to Giving USA.
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