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Poll Results: A lot of us have no idea how much we give

Nov 08, 2011 by Sasha  | 

“If we could first know where are are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”—Abraham Lincoln

Thank you to everyone who answered our first poll:

What percentage of your income do you give to philanthropic causes?

While almost a quarter of you give away 3%-5%, a third of respondents said that they have no idea how much of their income they give away to tzedakah!

Considering that we’re technically supposed to give at least 10% of our income to tzedakah (a lofty goal, I know), we seem to be falling a bit short.

Looking at the data, it seems like the first step we should all take is getting an accurate assesment of how much we currently give and where all of our money is currently going.

If you are like a lot of our poll respondents and aren’t quite sure where your money is going, try starting an assesment of your monthly budget this month. Or try to actually allocate a certain percentage of your income to tzedakah right after you get your next paycheck. Let us know how it goes in the comments section below!

And don’t forget to answer our new poll, on the left!


Sasha Feldstein is a program associate in the education and community engagement department at AJWS, where she manages WhereDoYouGive.org. Aside from wanting to be and play outside all of the time, she is interested in radical reconceptualizations of ancient traditions and in deeply exploring why we give, where we give, how we give and what it means to define giving tzedakah as pursuing justice. Sasha can be reached at sfeldstein@ajws.org.

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