USA Today just published this article based on recent research. It involves charitable donations in the face of the current economy, and the fact that most donors who are "actively religious" intend to either increase or maintain their giving in 2009.
What the article doesn't discuss is motivation--why religious donors won't be decreasing their giving. One theory that I've heard is that Christians want to invest their money somewhere that will have a high return on investment...and they know that if the stock market can't/won't provide that, then investing in Christian ministries should provide the eternal impact for which they are looking.
Many people have asked us how the economy is impacting our financial partnership development. So far, we haven't seen a tangible impact. (We've gone from 60% of our monthly need to 82% over the past month.) I believe that our friends and family believe that making a Kingdom investment in Bible translation in Nigeria through Wycliffe is a solid one with a high return.
Thanks to all of you who are a part of our team and for making this strategic investment! (If you would like to join us, please let us know and we can discuss further.)