Determinants of Religious Giving in American Denominations: Data from Two Nationwide Surveys

Citation: 
Hoge, Dean, and Fenggang Yang. "Determinants of Religious Giving in American Denominations: Data from Two Nationwide Surveys." Review of Religious Research, 36, no. 2 (December 1994): 123-148.
Abstract: 

Using the 1987-1989 General Social Survey and a 1988 Gallup survey, Hoge and Yang examined patterns of financial giving to churches. They found that conservative Protestants have the highest levels of giving, Roman Catholics the lowest, and mainline Protestants were in the middle. Individual giving was highly skewed, with one-fifth in each group giving about 75% of the total. The authors found that the main predictors of individual giving were strong faith, conservative theology, and intense church involvement. Furthermore, they found that persons who planned their giving ahead of time gave at higher levels. Hoge and Yang also conclude that volunteering is positively associated with church attendance and financial giving. Volunteering time to churches was revealed to be most prevalent among conservative Protestants and least prevalent among Roman Catholics. (SM)

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