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Faith Fuels Generosity

BY Jim Cosgrove

June 1-7, 2003 Issue | Posted 6/1/03 at 2:00 PM


A new study shows that Americans who live where the influence of religion is strong tend to share much more of their wealth with others. In fact, more than $3 of every $4 donated to charity is given to houses of worship or other religious causes. Where the culture is more secular and the practice of religion less prevalent, charitable giving dries up.

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 1, 2003.

Illustration: Tim Rauch.