Connected to Give: National Study of American Religious Giving Frequencies

The core research instrument for Connected to Give: Faith Communities is the National Study of American Religious Giving, a national survey of 1,951 American households, including an oversample of households with incomes of $100,000 and higher.  (The sample does not include American Jews or respondents in mixed households of Jews and non-Jews; they were surveyed through the National Study of American Jewish Giving.) The survey instrument used to measure giving largely replicated Indiana University’s biennial Philanthropy Panel Study (PPS) and Bank of America Studies of High Net Worth Philanthropy. Indiana University’s giving instrument, first fielded in 2001, as a module within the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, serves as the benchmark measure for American charitable giving. The instrument used to measure affiliation with religious traditions replicated the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey (2007).

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