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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Financial contributions to churches were up as a portion of income in 2005 when church members gave 2.58 percent of their income, up from 2.56 percent the previous year, according to a report by empty tomb, inc. that examined the giving trends of church members in the United States.
An analysis of the 2005 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey revealed that giving to "church, other religious organizations" accounted for 72 percent of funds directed to charity.
That makes religious groups the largest recipient by U.S. region, age and income brackets, empty tomb said, suggesting that religious values are the chief motivation for most charitable giving....