The report provides an overview of the religious perspective on giving and includes references to what has been learned from the literature.  It includes a summary of the challenges associated with giving and how congregations have moved from tithing to asset building.  Along with multiple descriptions of congregational efforts involving asset building, the document also includes a framework for exploring whether a congregation is ready to embrace asset building strategies.  

January 2, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How some religious congregations have moved toward asset building activities.

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    A framework for determining whether a congregation is ready to support asset-building activities.

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    How tithing is viewed across denominations and populations served.

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    How personal views on giving influences tithing and asset building.

Key Takeaway

Linking Congregational Tithing to Asset Building

Religious congregations may not have the capacity to connect tithing systems to asset building activities. The institutional capacity of congregations is dependent upon expectations, access, incentives, information and facilitation/support. When these factors are present, congregations are more likely to be able to create assets that benefit individuals, the congregation and community.    

Model for Tithing and its Connection with Asset-Building Strategies for Families, Communities and Congregations

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations