Worship Attendance and Generosity Go Hand-in-Hand

October 31, 2017

People who attend religious services once a month or more contribute nearly 17 times as much in annual charitable donations to faith-based organizations than those who attend less than once a month, according to a new study from Giving USA in conjunction with the University of Michigan. “Frequent attendance at religious services is linked to both the likelihood of giving to religion and to making larger gifts,” says the Giving USA report.

The study also found that younger generations, including millennials, tend to give to religious organizations at a rate that is similar to previous generations. These findings are consistent with ECFA’s Generosity Project study, released earlier this year, which found that millennials give in traditional ways and because they want to “give back” from the blessings they have received.

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