Share of Americans who donated to religious organizations remains at all-time low: Gallup

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A brand new survey from Gallup reveals that the share of Americans who’ve donated to non secular organizations stays an all-time low, whilst the share of Americans that donated to charitable organizations total elevated.

According to the survey, launched Tuesday, 44% of Americans surveyed in 2021 reported that they donated cash to a spiritual group within the earlier 12 months. That determine stays unchanged from 2020, when 44% of Americans mentioned the identical.

The 44% donation charge represents an all-time low since Gallup first started asking about Americans’ non secular donations and donating habits basically in 2001. The share of Americans who advised Gallup that they donated cash to a spiritual group up to now yr reached a excessive of 64% in 2005 and has both held regular or declined within the years since.

At the identical time, the share of Americans who donated to each non-religious and spiritual charities has elevated since reaching a report low of 73% in 2020. Eighty-one % of Americans surveyed by Gallup reported donating to charitable organizations in 2021.

As with donations particularly to non secular organizations, the share of Americans who financially contributed to secular and/or non secular charities reached a report excessive in 2005. Specifically, 87% of respondents gave cash to charity in 2005.

When requested in the event that they donated particularly to non-religious charitable organizations, 74% of Americans answered within the affirmative. This represents a noticeable soar from 2020, when simply 64% of respondents mentioned they donated to a non-religious charitable group. The 64% donation charge recorded in 2020 constituted an all-time low within the historical past of the Gallup survey whereas the yr 2001 had the very best donation charge to non-religious charities (79%).

Over the years, Gallup has additionally requested Americans whether or not or not they volunteered time to non secular organizations and different charitable organizations. While the share of Americans who donated their time to charitable organizations dropped from 58% to 56% from 2020 to 2021, the volunteer charge stays barely above the report low of 55%, set in 2009.

When damaged down into subcategories of non secular and non-religious charitable organizations, 35% of Americans claimed to have volunteered for a spiritual charity up to now 12 months, marking a 3% decline from 2020 and a report low total. The share of Americans who volunteered for a spiritual group reached a report excessive of 46% in 2013 and has been constantly declining ever since.

By distinction, the share of these surveyed who volunteered for a non-religious charitable group rose from 43% in 2020 to 47% in 2021. The proportion of Americans who reported donating to secular charities reached a report excessive of fifty% in 2017, a modest enhance from the historic low of 43% achieved in 2009.  

Gallup attributes the decline in donations to non secular organizations to the truth that “formal church membership has declined.” Specifically, Gallup famous the correlation between the outcomes of the survey about Americans’ charitable giving and volunteer habits to the discovering of one other one in every of its surveys about Americans’ non secular practices: “The 44% of U.S. adults donating to a religious organization nearly matches the 47% who belong to a church, synagogue, mosque or temple.”

Additionally, Gallup factors to the coronavirus pandemic as the rationale why 2020 marked a historic low within the share of Americans who gave to charity: “Amid economic uncertainty and restrictions on public activity in the initial stages of the pandemic, Americans’ charitable activity declined. More than a year later, monetary charitable donations are mostly back to their pre-pandemic levels, while volunteerism still lags.”

“The increase in donations is consistent with Americans’ intentions in the 2020 Gallup survey when more U.S. adults said they planned to increase (25%) rather than decrease (7%) the amount of money they gave to charity in the coming year. Two-thirds planned to maintain their level of giving.”

The polling group predicted that “a recovery in volunteering may be more elusive as concerns about COVID-19 exposure and public health safety measures limit Americans’ willingness and ability to perform volunteer work.” It prompt that “the unpredictable nature of the virus and the emergence of new variants” might imply a chronic drop in volunteering for the foreseeable future.

The Gallup survey relies on responses collected from 811 adults residing in all 50 U.S. states in addition to the District of Columbia between Dec. 1–16, 2021. The ballot had a margin of error of +/-4 proportion factors.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He may be reached at:


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