Fresh Stats on Where Evangelicals Donate Their Dollars (and Who's Winning)
Update (Dec. 5): Fresh on the heels of Giving Tuesday come fresh stats on where evangelicals are giving (and not giving) their money today.
In its fourth annual State of Giving report, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) reveals that charitable giving to more than 1,600 of its accredited organizations increased 6.4 percent last year. Donations reached $11 billion in 2012, compared to $10.3 billion in 2011.
Giving to evangelical churches and ministries outpaced giving to secular charities in 2012. The Chronicle of Philanthropy's recently released giving data for the largest 400 charities in America reflected a giving increase of 4 percent for 2012, compared with 2011. This data most closely correlates with giving to ECFA members with $25 million or more in revenue, which showed a 7.5 percent increase.
The biggest winners among 28 categories: foundations (up 25%), adoption (up 12.2%), K-12 education (up 12%), short-term missions (up 12.1%), and higher education (10%). The presence of education among the top five is notable, given the segment has seen one of the biggest declines since 2007.
None of the 28 segments saw a decline in donations—an interesting development, compared to winners and losers from previous years.
The biggest winner of Giving Tuesday itself: the United Methodist Church, which shattered its previous donation record, bringing in $6.5 million online from 11,000 donors in 24 countries. The previous donation record for the denomination dates back to 1948, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Meanwhile, Patheos's "Black, White, and Gray" explains why Christians should be wary of Giving Tuesday, arguing for Informed Sunday instead.
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