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Survey: Jewish Americans More Generous than Non-Jews

By: JTA

More Jews give to non-Jewish causes than Jewish causes, and Jews overall are more generous givers than non-Jews, according to a new survey called Connected to Give.

It found that 76 percent of American Jews reported a charitable contribution in 2012, compared to 63 percent among non-Jewish Americans. The median annual giving rate among Jews was $1,200, double that of non-Jews.

Among Jews who give charity, 92 percent of those surveyed gave to a non-Jewish organization and 79 percent gave to a Jewish organization. Additionally, 21 percent gave only to non-Jewish organizations and 4 percent gave only to Jewish organizations.

Younger Jews are less likely to give to Jewish causes, according to the study: 49 percent of non-Orthodox Jews aged 18-39 gave to a Jewish group in 2012, compared to 62 percent of those 40 and older.

The most significant determinant of American Jewish generosity is the degree of engagement with the Jewish community, according to the study. Those who reported more Jewish connections — such as attending religious services, having Jewish friends, being married to a Jew — were more likely to give to charity, and not just Jewish charities.

“Conventional wisdom says that fundraising from Jewish donors is a zero-sum competition, with Jewish and secular causes fighting over smaller pieces of a shrinking pie,” said Shawn Landres, co-founder of Jumpstart, a Jewish charity research group.

“Connected to Give challenges that assumption and shows us that the stronger a person’s Jewish community connections, the more she or he gives to all causes, and the larger the pie becomes.”

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12 Responses to “Survey: Jewish Americans More Generous than Non-Jews”

  1. Morgan Mayfaire says:

    This may be due to being taught to be generous in giving not only to Jewish causes, but also to the stranger and the orphaned. As an American Jew I tithe and also give as I have been taught without tooting my horn as the blessing would be diminished. I think it’s part of our culture. :)

  2. This may be due to being taught to be generous in giving not only to Jewish causes, but also to the stranger and the orphaned. As an American Jew I tithe and also give as I have been taught without tooting my horn as the blessing would be diminished. I think it’s part of our culture. :)

  3. Samuel Ramos says:

    This generally true.

  4. Samuel Ramos says:

    This generally true.

  5. Nathan Katz says:

    Also: Religiously-affiliated people give more charity than non-religiously-affiliated. Also: conservatives are more charitable than liberals (self-identified).

  6. Nathan Katz says:

    Also: Religiously-affiliated people give more charity than non-religiously-affiliated. Also: conservatives are more charitable than liberals (self-identified).

  7. I doubt very much conservatives give more.Conservatives tend to think they have what they do because they deserve it, earned it, and that others don’t have because of some deficiency they do not have.

  8. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    I doubt very much conservatives give more.Conservatives tend to think they have what they do because they deserve it, earned it, and that others don’t have because of some deficiency they do not have.

  9. i am a conservative. i give to people who try, not to people who cry. its a mitzvah to help people but its murder to make a person dependant on handouts.

  10. i am a conservative. i give to people who try, not to people who cry. its a mitzvah to help people but its murder to make a person dependant on handouts.

  11. ישראל קרבן says:

    i am a conservative. i give to people who try, not to people who cry. its a mitzvah to help people but its murder to make a person dependant on handouts.

  12. Yechiel Baum says:

    that is why during WWII, these American liberal Jews wanted to be as anti-Semitic as the goyim and were ashamed of the European Jews who turned out gave more to mankind than they did.

    These same liberal Jews supported Abby Hoffman, Martin Luther King, resulting in the likes of Farrakhan and others spewing anti-Semitism. As Jews, have we completed helping our own that we should worry about non-Jews? Do they worry and help us?

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