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Giving to Charity, Not Tithing

Has the respondent given to charity (outside of tithing?)? Also could include items about how much the respondent has given to charity


Below are 40 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • GIVCHRTY from General Social Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • During the past 12 months, how often have you done each of the following things: -- Given money to a charity (GIVCHRTY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CHARIT from American National Election Studies, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Many people are finding it more difficult to make contributions to church or charity as much as they used to. How about you -- were you able to contribute any money to church or charity in the past 12 months? (CHARIT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GIVCHRTY from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • During the past 12 months, how often have you done each of the following things: -- Given money to a charity (GIVCHRTY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DECGIFT from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • This question is about some of the financial decisions that you and your (husband/wife) may make. For each decision, please tell me how it was made the last time you faced this decision. C. Deciding on major charitable gifts. (DECGIFT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GIVHLTH from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Listed on this card are examples of many different fields in which people and families contribute money or other property for charitable purposes. I mean making a voluntary contribution and not with the intention of making a profit or obtaining goods and/or services for yourself. In which, if any, of the fields listed on this card have you and the members of your family or household contributed some money or other property in 1995? A. Health (GIVHLTH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ART_9A from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006LEARN MORE
    • [IF CA_1=1 or CA_2=1 Fill: other charitable organizations not including your local religious congregation[s]. Else fill: charitable organizations] During the year 2005, what was the total dollar value of all donations you and your spouse/partner made to other charitable organizations not including your congregation? Charitable organizations include religious or non-profit organizations that help those in need or that serve public interests. Please do not include political contributions. Just a guess is fine. Which of the following categories would be closest to your total donations in 2005? (ART_9A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QE10_1 from Muslim American Survey, 2007LEARN MORE
    • Is giving charity, or zakat very important to you, somewhat important, not too important, or not all important? (QE10_1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • POLINFOR from American National Election Studies, 2002LEARN MORE
    • I think that I am better informed about politics and government than most people. (Do you agree, neither agree nor disagree, or disagree with this statement)? (POLINFOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CHARITY from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Approximately what percentage of your total income did you give to charity, including contributions to your church, in the past 12 months? Just give your best estimate (CHARITY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GIVEREG from Economic Values Survey, 1992LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO GIVE MONEY TO CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS. Do you generally give on a regular, planned basis or give when you happen to feel there is a need? (GIVEREG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CONT12MO from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • During the past 12 months have you contributed money to any charitable organization or other group, not including your church, that used your donation to help other people? (CONT12MO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HOWMUCH from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • Approximately what percentage of your total income did you give to charity, including contributions to your church, in the past 12 months? Just you best estimate . . . (HOWMUCH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GIVEOTHR from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 37B. To all non-religious charities, organizations, or causes? (IF NECESSARY, PROMPT WITH CATEGORIES) (IF NECESSARY: By contribution, I mean a voluntary contribution with no intention of making a profit or obtaining goods or services for yourself.) (IF NECESSARY: REPEAT ASSURANCES OF CONFIDENTIALITY) (GIVEOTHR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RESPCHA1 from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1996LEARN MORE
    • [BY RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, ONLY HALF OF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED THIS QUESTION] I want to ask you about the issue of personal responsibility. Im going to read you a list of things that some people have associated with personal responsibility. For each one, tell me whether you feel people have a responsibility to do that. Would you say that people have a personal responsibility to contribute at least 5 percent of their income to charity? (RESPCHA1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RESPCHA2 from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1996LEARN MORE
    • [BY RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, THE OTHER HALF OF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED THIS QUESTION] I want to ask you about the issue of personal responsibility. Im going to read you a list of things that some people have associated with personal responsibility. For each one, tell me whether you feel people have a responsibility to do that. Would you say that people have a personal responsibility to contribute at least 10 percent of their income to charity? (RESPCHA2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • M2GIVE from Survey On the Beliefs and Moral Values of Americas Children, 1989LEARN MORE
    • In the future, would you do the following because it is personally what you want to do, because it is the right thing to do, or would you probably not do it - Give regularly to charity? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (M2GIVE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RESULT9 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: Next I would like to discuss the small group that you spoke about earlier that meets regularly and provides support or caring for those who participate in it. If you are currently involved in more than one such group, please think about the group that you are most actively involved in. As a result of being in this group, have you -- Donated money to a charitable organization, other than your church or synagogue (RESULT9) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RESPCHA1 from Southern Focus Poll, Oversample Survey, Spring 1996LEARN MORE
    • [BY RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, ONLY HALF OF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED THIS QUESTION] I want to ask you about the issue of personal responsibility. Im going to read you a list of things that some people have associated with personal responsibility. For each one, tell me whether you feel people have a responsibility to do that. Would you say that people have a personal responsibility to contribute at least 5 percent of their income to charity? (RESPCHA1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RESPCHA2 from Southern Focus Poll, Oversample Survey, Spring 1996LEARN MORE
    • [BY RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, THE OTHER HALF OF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED THIS QUESTION] I want to ask you about the issue of personal responsibility. Im going to read you a list of things that some people have associated with personal responsibility. For each one, tell me whether you feel people have a responsibility to do that. Would you say that people have a personal responsibility to contribute at least 10 percent of their income to charity? (RESPCHA2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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