ECCU Blog

by Mark Jones

Here’s another reminder of our recovering economy. Giving USA reported that donations from individuals increased 4% in 2012. Religious nonprofits received 32% of all donations to nonprofits.

However, not all appears rosy. For example, when adjusted for inflation, giving only increased 1.5%, and overall giving to religious nonprofits was down 2%. And giving still hasn’t come back to 2007 levels. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Each year Pastor Brian Kluth of Maximum Generosity partners with organizations like ECCU to research the giving practices of Christians. Results of his 2013 State of the Plate research are in, and they focus on tithers—the people who give 10 percent or more of their income to Christian and charitable causes. [read more]

by Mark Jones

With 87% of the U.S. adult population now carrying mobile phones, (52% of them Internet-enabled smartphones), people are changing the way they buy things.

According to a survey recently released by the Federal Reserve Bank, 15% of mobile phone users have purchased something with their phone in the past 12 months. The most common “purchase” is online bill payment, which may include a donation to your ministry organization. [read more]

by Mark Jones

According to a new survey published by the Barna Group, 79% of evangelicals have donated money in the past year, compared to 53% of born again non –evangelicals. Of those evangelicals who give, 66% give to their churches and 28% give to other non-profit organizations. [read more]

by Mark Jones

After the economic crisis that began in 2008 triggered the Great Recession, news media reported countless stories of the impact on individual churches. Few of those stories included trends, because the data simply wasn’t available. Today, the numbers are in, and some of them are surprising. [read more]