Mormons Volunteer Time Way More Than Average American

Latter-Day Saints, or Mormons, volunteer their time much more than the average American according to a new study.

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A new study released highlights the generous charitable donations and volunteerism of active Latter-day Saints in the United States.

University of Pennsylvania professor Ram Cnaan and fellow researchers Van Evans and Daniel W. Curtis jointly published the study, titled “Called to Serve: The Prosocial Behavior of Active Latter-day Saints.” Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, the team of researchers analyzed survey data from 2,664 church-attending Latter-day Saints living throughout the country. Based on their findings, the authors concluded that active Latter-day Saints “volunteer and donate significantly more than the average American and are even more generous in time and money than the upper quintile of religious people in America.”

Volunteerism
According to the data, while the average American volunteers some 48 hours per year (4 hours per month) to charitable causes, an active Latter-day Saint volunteers 427.9 hours annually (35.6 hours per month) — a contribution worth an estimated $9,140 annually.

Charitable Donations
The results also indicated that 88.8 percent of active Latter-day Saints follow the biblical admonition totithe (donate 10 percent of their annual income to the Church). In addition to tithing, an active Latter-day Saint donates an average of $ 1,171 to non-Church related charitable causes per year. They also give an average of $650 to the Church’s social welfare program.

In short, an active member not only donates, on average, a full 10 percent of their income to the Church, but donates $1,821 to other social and community causes. “Overall we found that [Latter-day Saints] are the most prosocial members of American society,” the study said. “Regardless of where they live, they are very generous with their time and money.”

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