The National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices

Congregations receive the largest proportion of charitable giving in the U.S. – almost 29% of all giving. Despite the amount of money entrusted to them by individual givers, as well as the influential role they play in public life, very little is known about congregations’ economic practices. As trends in charitable giving, religious affiliation, and congregational membership are experiencing significant change, there is a need to examine what is happening among arguably the largest recipient group of Americans’ giving.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NSCEP

A Snapshot of American Congregations

As a nationally representative sample, the NSCEP provides a descriptive snapshot of U.S. congregations.

CONGREGATIONAL TRENDS

The NSCEP measured trends in the amount received and the number of regular participating adults over the past three years (2014 to 2017). In the report, the NSCEP breaks down these trends by such factors as religious tradition as well as size and age of congregation.

RECEIVE, MANAGE, SPEND

The NSCEP report provides an overview of how congregations receive, manage, and spend their financial resources.

RECEIVE

Who gives go congregations, when, and how?

MANAGE

How do congregations teach about money and finances, and how do they steward the gifts they receive?

SPEND

How do congregations spend their financial resources to serve their members, community, and beyond?

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The NSCEP research initiative began in 2016. With grant funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., congregations were invited to participate in the survey in early 2018. By fall of 2018, analysis of survey data was well underway. The first of several reports released in fall 2019, with additional data analysis and expanded findings to follow in 2020.

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