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The booming economy isn't doing much for charitable giving. The typical adult gave $1,045 to charity last year, a 24 percent decline since 1998, reports Barna Research in Ventura, California. While overall donations to nonprofits fell, the average gift to churches rose 7 percent to $806. Nearly all charitable donations by African Americans, Southerners, and Born-Again Christians were given in the pew. Evangelicals are among the most likely to throw a $20 in the collections basket - on average, they contributed $2,346 last year to their churches.

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