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Giving Patterns Research

A study in Spring 2008 analyzed giving patterns among Presbyterians with history of giving to PC(USA) national church.

Highlights of the findings

  • An overwhelming majority (nearly 80 percent) of Presbyterians support six or more charities.
  • Local church is favorite/first charity followed by five other PC(USA) mission programs.
  • 77 percent of donors said giving to PC(USA) nationally had no impact on giving to the local church.
  • 82 percent view gifts to PC(USA) nationally as above and beyond their local church pledge.
  • 85 percent indicate “through church” and “mail” share top national contact preferences.