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Report: Religious groups see slight decrease in giving

from Religion News Service via BeliefNet

Religious organizations reported a 0.7 percent decrease in donations last year, according to a study by Giving USA Foundation, a marked contrast from the 5.5 percent increase in giving reported in 2008. Religious congregations accounted for 33 percent of the total $303 billion in contributions in 2009. This is the third year in a row that religious donations have exceeded $100 billion. Total donations for all charitable groups in 2009 were down by 3.6 percent. more

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