Dec 11, 2013 / 02:04 am
New research reveals that younger Catholics are more likely to give to charitable causes through online donation options and that overall, Catholics are concerned with the needs of the poor in their area.
“The knowledge gained from this report is important for our understanding of the current patterns of giving among Catholics,” said Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ national collections committee.
“We now know that online giving to charitable institutions is rising each year. These results … will allow the Committee to assess our current systems for receiving donations. Moving forward, we will also be better equipped to implement any changes needed in order to reach Catholics, particularly young Catholics, who are giving online.”
The study by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate was commissioned by the bishops’ collections committee, and examined how and why working-age donors participated in online giving. The data was delivered to the bishops Nov. 10 during the bishops’ annual assembly in Baltimore, Md.
The study showed that 32 percent of Catholics have given online donations at some point, and found that Catholics between the ages of 16 and 34 were more likely to feel comfortable with and use online financial platforms than respondents between the ages of 34 and 65, with 73 percent responding that they were at least “somewhat” comfortable with making payments online.
The survey also found that among Catholics who attend Mass less regularly and are not very likely to donate to a second collection, one in four would prefer to give online. …
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