Giving USA's latest report is out; religious giving (-1.6%) is down, education is up (7.6%), corporate philanthropy slumped (-1.9%), and giving as a whole up 3%.
"Americans are slowly pulling themselves out of a charitable slump—except when it comes to religious groups. That takeaway from the new Giving USA report, perhaps the most-read annual study on philanthropy, shows a slight downturn for churches and other religious organizations against an improving charity landscape. American individuals, groups, foundations and corporations gave $335 billion in 2013—a 3 percent increase from 2012 (adjusted for inflation). It’s the fourth consecutive year in which giving rose after taking a beating during the recession that officially ended in 2009." -- Religion News Service, via theChristianCentury.org