It is estimated that around one-third of all charitable dollars given in the United States goes to religion, and research shows that faith inspires an even larger percentage of individuals’ giving to multiple causes. Yet while all of the Abrahamic traditions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—include an expectation of giving, few people are comfortable discussing it.
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving offers customized programs that translate data and giving trends into practical tools. We support the development of research designed to explore the broad context of religious giving. Through public forums we engage practitioners, scholars, and the community in thoughtful conversation and reflection. Studying, teaching, and understanding the religious motivations for giving allows for more effective fundraising and outreach across the nonprofit sector.