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Giving to Charity Highest in the South; Lowest in the Northeast; Church Giving Up in 2005

Contact: Sylvia Ronsvalle, 217-356-9519, research@emptytomb.org


CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Oct. 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Newly analyzed giving data finds:


  • Americans in the South Gave Largest Portion of Income to Charity in 2005, according to U.S. Government Data

  • Americans in the Northeast Gave Smallest Portion of Income to Charity, and Spent Smallest Portion of Income on Other Expenses in 2005


  • Americans Report that 72% of their Giving Directed to "Church, Religious Organizations" in 2005


  • Church Giving Increased in 2005; Giving to Benevolences Posted Visible Gain


  • Denominations Spent 2.2¢ on Overseas Missions of Each Dollar Given to Congregations in 2005


These and other findings are in the new book to be released by empty tomb, inc. on October 15, 2007.


The State of Church Giving through 2005: Abolition of the Institutional Enslavement of Overseas Missions is the seventeenth in the series.


The general American giving data is from an empty tomb, inc. analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey charitable giving data for 2005.  The authors, John and Sylvia Ronsvalle, also obtained regional data for 1987-2005.


"The difference between giving in the Northeast and the other three regions (South, Midwest, and West) was statistically significant at the .05 level," observed Sylvia Ronsvalle.


Congregational reports for 2005 have now been aggregated for all the denominations studied in the empty tomb series.  Giving grew faster than incomes to both internally directed Congregational Finances and externally directed Benevolences in 2005.


A slight increase in giving to overseas missions was posted in 2005.  Of each dollar donated to the congregation, 2.2 cents was spent by the denomination on overseas missions in 2005, compared to 2.1 cents in 2004.


A detailed press release of the new book is available on line at www.emptytomb.org/scg05pressadv.html.


The empty tomb analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey 2005 charitable giving data is available online at www.emptytomb.org/05ce.html.