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Tithing And Collections Among Religions Compared
Omaha NE World-Herald 23Apr00 N1
By Julia McCord: World-Herald Staff Writer

OMAHA, NEBRASKA -- Factors that affect peoples' donations to churches are examined at length in this article. Describing sociological research on the subject, the article emphasizes protestant and Catholic contribution patterns. In this regard, most churches rely on annual appeals and pledges as well as weekly envelopes to raise money.

Although Americans aim 63% of their philanthropic contributions to churches, the percent of Americans' income donated in general fell from 3.1% in 1968 to 2.6% in 1997. Protestants' rates of giving range from about 2 to 3%, and Catholics average less than that.

Higher rates are shown by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Assemblies of God and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. According to the article, 30 to 45% of Mormons contribute 10% tithes.

Theological reasons for giving also are discussed. The article mentions that Mormons view tithing as a commandment, and very briefly describes the yearly tithing settlement process.


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