ERIC Number: ED318687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Bread for the World Membership Survey and Analysis Project. Final Report.
Whitaker, William H.; And Others
This survey was conducted in 1984 of current and former members of Bread for the World (BFW) in order to further understanding of the characteristics, attitudes, level of participation, and needs of people involved with hunger issues and the needs of hungry people. A questionnaire was mailed to 1,296 current and 738 former members. This final report presents the findings of that survey. The demographic characteristics, religious and political beliefs and attitudes, and commitment to and participation in Bread for the World are analyzed for both current and former members. Few differences were found between the two groups in this area, although former members may be more politically conservative. Bivariate analyses were conducted of the characteristics of activists, of low income and minority members, of changes in the characteristics of BFW members over time, and of why people do not renew their memberships. Activists were considerably more liberal than nonactivists and were less alienated from the political process than nonactivists. The total number of minority group members in the sample was too small to analyze. Low income members were strikingly similar to the remainder of BFW members in every way except income. There were only slight differences between earlier and more recent members. There were no sizable and consistent differences between people giving different reasons for not renewing their memberships. The report concludes with a discussion of possible areas for future research. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bread for the World Educational Fund, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Orono. Dept. of Sociology and Social Work.