Let’s hear it for the girls!
According to Women Give 2014, a study by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy out of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, young women who are both single and nonreligious are beating out their male counterparts, their middle-age counterparts and, most significantly, their moderately religious counterparts when it comes to charitable giving.
According to the study, young, single women who identify as having no religious affiliation:
• give roughly twice the amount to charity than do young nonreligious men.
• give more than two and a half times the amount to charity than do middle-age and older nonreligious women.
• give roughly twice the amount to charity than do women who are religiously affiliated but do not attend church frequently.
The last bit is interesting because for years it’s been assumed — and rightly so — that religious people are, on a whole, more charitable than nonreligious people. Makes sense. In most religious communities, helping the less fortunate is a priority, a necessity even. One could argue that giving to charity is part of their faith. [Read more...]