Sixty three percent of American donated to some sort of charity or philanthropy last year, according to a new study by the American Academy of Religion. And 71 percent of those donors gave to both religious and nonreligious organizations.
The same “Connected to Give” report also found that 34 percent of Americans who are “nones” — those who claim no religious identity — donated to religiously identified organizations.
At a different conference, Jonathan Hill of Calvin College commented that “Giving is a transferable habit that happens to be cultivated in religious settings.”
If you donate to charities or religious groups, what is your motivation for giving?