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Survey finds church donations off again last year

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (AP) - An annual survey finds that about 40 percent of U.S. churches had a decline in donations last year.

The report, by Maximum Generosity and Christianity Today International, says the decline follows a 29 percent slide in 2008.

The research shows about 30 percent of churches reported their collection plates were light in the month of December, when some churches are trying to meet their budgets. Some of the sharpest declines hit megachurches. And about 55 percent of West Coast churches fell behind in donations.

Maximum Generosity founder Brian Kluth says churches are being affected by the recession and unemployment. But Kluth says churches are responding with increased benevolence. About 31 percent are offering more assistance to their members.

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