Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Are you shocked by this?

In my "Sustainability" seminar today, we were discussing fundraising. According to national statistics, the following is true about people who donate money in this country.

If you were the most generous person with your donations you would most likely be the following:
A woman
Under 40 years of age
Jewish, Muslim, or Mormon
Make less than $40,000 per year
From the South

If you were the least generous person with your donations you would most likely be the following:
A man
Over 50 years old
Make more than $50,000 per year
From New England

How do you feel about that info?


Blogger HennHouse said...

I am overwhelmed that you posted twice in the same day...

And about this post... I cannot say that I am surprised at all.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Swedish Mama said...

Interesting....useful to some, but it really in the sales presentation getting to the emotions. Sad, when it is really the compassion and willingness to share God's riches that should be the governing factors.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

I'm not shocked. I do think (as far as the religious portion of the stats is concerned) that it's not entirely accurate. People claiming to be Jewish, Muslim and Mormon do it very intentionally...while nearly everyone else claims to be "Christian." The New England part i do believe.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

That makes sense, Rob. But the thing is, no one who's Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, or for that matter Buddist, Christian Scientist, Wicca, whatever, would ever say they were Christian. (Or vice versa.) People are pretty adamant about their religion. With that thought, those answering must have been, or their family likewise, Christian in the past. Even if non-practicing or an adult child of parents of such, a Jew or Muslim would never say they were Christian. It just wouldn't happen. So maybe the stat should read "Christian, Past-Christian, or decendants of Christians in the past". ;-)

7:36 PM  
Blogger GUYK said...

Many people are hesitant are will just refuse to say how much they donate to charity or to what charity.
Those close mouthed New Englanders may be among these people.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I think all statistics could be argued. Just by their nature they are subject to error. But they sure are fun to analyze, aren't they? (Ok, maybe just for me. LOL.)

8:07 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I've found that the people with money are usually the last to give...maybe that's why they have money though!

I've also seen that those people that have money and are willing to give are usually the most content. I'd like to be in that category.

8:22 PM  

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