Donations to religious institutions decline for second straight year

WASHINGTON (RNS) Post-recession America is beginning to open its wallet to charities again, but is not giving as generously to religious institutions.

While charitable donations from individuals rose nearly 4 percent overall in 2011, according to the annual “Giving USA” report, donations to houses of worship and other religious bodies dropped by 1.7 percent — a decrease for the second year in a row.

The report, compiled by the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and released Tuesday (June 19), shows that individual Americans gave nearly $218 billion last year, $96 billion of which went to religious organizations.

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