Connected to Give Report Series

Publication date: 
January, 2014

The Connected to Give report series offers important new insights on religion and American charitable giving, challenging assumptions about where religious donors make charitable contributions and offering comprehensive information about behaviors and motivations among religious and non-religious Americans.

Connected to Give is a collaborative project of a consortium of independent foundations, family foundations, community foundations, and Jewish federations working in partnership with Jumpstart. 

The series features six reports focusing on mapping the landscape of charitable giving by Americans of different faith traditions.

1 – Connected to Give: Key Findings

The initial report in the series, examines the relationship between the charitable giving behavior of American Jews and their key demographics (especially age and income); their motivations for giving; the types of organizations to which they contribute (both Jewish and non-Jewish); and comparisons with giving patterns among non-Jewish American

2 - Connected to Give: Jewish Legacies

The second report in the series, compares Jews on all sides of planned giving – those with and without wills, those whose wills do and do not contain provisions for charitable bequests, and those whose charitable bequests do and do not include Jewish causes.

3- Connected to Give: Faith Communities

The third report in the series. It compares the charitable giving behaviors of Americans from a variety of backgrounds, including their key demographics; examines their motivations for giving; and outlines the types of organizations to which they contribute.

4 – Connected to Give: Synagogues and Movements

The fourth report in the series, explores charitable giving by American Jews who are members of Jewish congregations and/or identify with a religious movement, with a special focus on Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform affiliates.

5 – Connected Give: Community Circles

The fifth report in the series. It outlines the demographics of giving circle participation and, through interviews with participants in African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Jewish, LGBT, women’s, and Millennial-generation giving circles, examines how people explore and express shared identities through collaborative giving.

6 – Connected to Give: Risk and Relevance

The sixth report in the series, focuses on issues of particular concern to American religious and ethnic communities as they face increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in the philanthropic environment. It looks at how donors balance tradition and innovation, the importance of organizations' trustworthiness relative to their track records, the role of political ideology, and how religiously affiliated donors balance in-group giving with more universal concerns; it also offers an overview of social giving (including charitable crowdfunding, giving circles, and microlending).

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