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ERIC Number: ED361248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Money Contributions to Religion, Charity, Education, and Politics.
Dinkins, Julia M.
Family Economics Review, v4 n4 p11-14 1991
This article presents study results on the 57% of consumer units who made money contributions to religious, charitable, educational, or political causes in 1988-89. The median donation was $48. Data from the 1989 Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) were used to determine characteristics of the consumer units making these donations. The CES is an ongoing survey that collects data on household expenditures, income, and major socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. Results show that 7 in 10 of the contributors had incomes above $35,000; 7 in 10 had a college degree or more; 6 in 10 were married couples, with or without children; and 6 in 10 were at least 45 years old. Forty percent of the consumer units gave to religion, 39 percent gave to charity, 7 percent gave to education, and 5 percent gave to politics. A consumer unit is defined as: (1) all members of a particular housing unit who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or other legal arrangements; (2) two or more people living together who pool their incomes to make joint expenditure decisions; or (3) a person living alone or sharing a household with others, but who is financially independent. Overall, 57% of consumer units interviewed contributed 2 percent of their before tax family income to religion, charity, education, and politics in 1988-89. As income and educational levels increased, so did the percentage of contributors and the dollar amount of median contribution. Because many consumer units did not make cash contributions, whereas some contributed a great deal, the median statistic better describes contribution level. (DK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agricultural Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.