Although religious institutions still receive the highest amount of charitable donations in the United States, there has been a two-year decline in donations, according to a report by Reuters that analyzes Giving USA's 2011 data.
Overall, individual giving accounted for 1.9 percent of disposable income last year, the same as in 2010 and 2009. Donations to other sectors, including education, human services, health, arts and culture, and environmental or animal organizations all increased, the report notes.
Writing for the Christian right news site, One News Now (sponsored and filtered by the American Family Association), Rick Dunham of Dunham+Company claimed, "The decline in attendance among mainline denominations, the economy, and the 'baby boomer generation that is not living out a biblical philosophy of giving and stewardship' are likely all to blame." His group helps churches "advance the Kingdom of God" through ministry fundraising that "is built on a biblical theology of fundraising."