January 27, 2005

"ONLY"?:

U.S. RANKS SEVENTH IN STUDY OF INTERNATIONAL NONPROFIT SECTORS (afpnet, Jan. 21, 2005)

The United States ranks only seventh in the world in its level of private philanthropy as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University.

Excluding giving to religion...


That "only" is perplexing, especially since religious giving is excluded.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2005 10:42 AM
Comments

They all use the GDP. And they have to find a reason to exclude or we'd be #1.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 27, 2005 1:13 PM

It's from AFP, Agence France Presse. The French are past masters at taking numbers and making them mean what they want them to.

Posted by: Bart at January 27, 2005 2:14 PM

Anybody know of any similar statistics that *include* religious giving? I'd be very interested in seeing them.

Posted by: Roy Jacobsen at January 27, 2005 4:13 PM

And I wonder how they got their secular/religious split. For example is all the loose change and small bills that end up in Salvation Army buckets considered "religious giving," even though it goes to things like homeless shelters and disaster relief?

Posted by: Roy Jacobsen at January 27, 2005 4:17 PM

The context makes it clear that the SA would be excluded. The Salvation Army dresses in faux military uniforms, but it is explictly a religous organization.

Posted by: AML at January 27, 2005 5:43 PM

The article stated that the reason religious contributions was notincluded was that the data did not exist in other countries to make a proper comparison.

Does anyone read what OJ links to?

Posted by: Chris Durnell at January 27, 2005 7:00 PM

GIGO

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 27, 2005 8:37 PM

Roy, I don't have the reference here at home, but when I get to work I'll post a link from my column last Monday from a Jewish outfit in L.A. that has a study coming out in April giving what you want.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 30, 2005 4:08 PM
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