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Religious donors hold steady.

CHICAGO Despite the economic downturn, more than half of actively religious donors plan to give the same or more to charitable causes in 2009 as they did last year, a new survey shows.

Cygnus Applied Research, a Chicago-based international research firm, completed a survey of more than 17,000 U.S. donors to charitable causes in February. It found that 57 percent of actively religious donors said they expected to give more or the same amount to charitable causes as they did in 2008. Seventeen percent said they would give less.

Researchers found that that 37 percent of donors described themselves as "actively religious." A quarter said they were "not at all religious," and 38 percent were "somewhere in between."

The study found that 43 percent of actively religious respondents remained Seriously committed to giving in the face of economic uncertainty, compared to 23 percent of those who were not religious at all.

"Religious conviction is the only relevant characteristic that statistically differentiates these highly committed donors from other respondents," the study concluded.

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Title Annotation:U.S. BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2009
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