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Contributions to U.S. churches in '05 (most recent data available) were 2.58% of members' income vs. 2.56% in '04 according to empty tomb. Giving to "church, other religious organizations" accounted for 72% of funds directed to charity. The under-25 age group gave 87% of their donations to churches, which may indicate that religious teachings form philanthropic values in the U.S. For each dollar donated to a congregation, denominations spent 2.2¢ on international missions in '05, down from 7¢ in the '20s. The study's authors, John and Sylvia Ronsvalle, say evangelical Christians could complete the task of global evangelization for 7¢ per member per day. (Baptist Press 10/12/07)

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