The Washington Post reports,
Tithing, an ancient practice described in the Bible, is particularly strong in African American communities, where it is reinforced by centuries of family tradition. That has helped propel Prince George’s into the top five counties in the nation for charitable giving, as documented by a Chronicle of Philanthropy study based on donations as a percentage of income.
A Washington Post analysis using the same data found that 14 of the top 20 Zip codes for per capita giving in the region were in Prince George’s.
Across the spectrum of faiths, religious institutions draw much of the nation’s charitable money, accounting for three out of every four dollars given, the chronicle’s study of 2002 IRS data found. In African American communities, the figure is closer to nine out of every 10 dollars.