Christian Approaches to Charitable Giving: Is Religious Altruism Effective?

By Lindsey Faust 32% of the $258.51 billion Americans gave to charity in 2014 was allocated toward religious institutions or projects (National Philanthropic Trust, 2014). However, arguments have surfaced that charitable giving should focus on producing maximally effective action. For instance, emerging movement “effective altruism” incorporates utilitarian philosophy, business principles, and classic philanthropy to “[c]onsider … More Christian Approaches to Charitable Giving: Is Religious Altruism Effective?