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American contributions to religious charities rose sharply in 2012

Catholic World News - September 10, 2013

Americans increased their charitable contributions by 11.2% in 2012, and raised their donations to religious organizations at a similar rate, according to the latest US government statistics.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the average American contributed $734 to religious organizations in 2012—up from $649 in 2011 and $661 in 2010.

The increase in charitable donations was the largest rise in spending for the average household, according to the categories covered in the BLS report; the rise in contributions was even faster than the rise in health-care expenditures.

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