Boomers or millennials? See which is the most charitable generation

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 7:29 p.m.

    "There are several factors that explain these trends, Sharpe told the New York Times."

    Odd that none of the possible "factors" cited was the one which is most likely the biggest factor. Namely, religiosity.

    There have been many studies during the last couple decades which have all shown a strong correlation between charitable contribution and religious faith.

    It has also been shown that the "Boomer" generation, and especially their offspring, are considerably less religiously oriented than the "older folks".

    The same anti-charitable correlation exists among those who self-identify as "liberal/progressive". There too, that group of people are distinctly less religious than their conservative counterparts, if not out right anti-religious.

    Hmmm. I wonder why these strikingly strong and very well documented correlations were not mentioned?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 28, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    It could be a bit misleading. It would be interesting to see how much of the contributions of the "boomers" is to churches.

    While technically "charity" much of the money given to churches goes to the operation of those churches. (i.e buildings, maintenance, utilities etc)

    And those "millennials" are less into organized religion.