July 3, 2006
CHURCH-GOERS give about twice as much to charity as non-believers, with people aged 25 to 44 the most generous, according to research on donations in Australia.
But they are more likely to support specific programs such as aid projects than simply to put money in a collection, which is why many individual churches are struggling financially, according to researcher Philip Hughes of the Christian Research Association. The association has just published its findings about giving money, based on a government report into philanthropy published in October, the National Church Life Survey, and other research. Donations by individual Australians nearly doubled between 1997 and 2004."