Jewish people are far more likely to give to charity than the rest of the UK population, with 93 per cent making at least one donation a year, compared with 57 per cent of non-Jewish adults, according to a report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.
The report, which is based on data from the JPR’s 2013 National Jewish Community Survey, compares data on the giving habits of Jewish adults with data from the Charities Aid Foundation’s 2012/13 UK Giving Report on the giving trends of the overall UK population.
The report, which was co-authored by Jonathan Boyd, executive director of the JPR, and David Graham, a senior researcher at the organisation, says that 77 per cent of British Jews consider charitable giving as an important part of their Jewish identity.
It says this group is more likely than the general population to donate to the charities concerned with the arts, the environment, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled, overseas matters and children, but less likely to give to animal or sports causes.
The report says that older Jewish people are more generous, habitual in how they donate and more likely to give to both Jewish and non-Jewish charities, while younger Jews are more spontaneous in their donations and are more likely to give exclusively to either Jewish or non-Jewish charities.
It says that about 60 per cent give to both Jewish and non-Jewish charities, 25 per cent give exclusively to non-Jewish charities and 8 per cent give only to Jewish charities.