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Americans believe it is easier to donate money to support charitable causes than it is to volunteer their time, a significant difference from a year ago, a new study says.

Overall, half of people surveyed by Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans say they find it easier to give money than time, up 13 percent from last year.

Almost one in three say they would rather give their time, down 10 percent, and 14 percent of people say they don’t prefer one form of giving over the other.

While the number of Americans preferring to volunteer has dropped over the last year, almost six in 10 say they have volunteered, the study says.

Age was a factor in giving, with adults ages 18 to 24 reporting they were most likely to prefer volunteering their time, while those ages 55 to 64 were most likely to prefer financial giving, the study says.

More than six in 10 Northeasterners prefer to give money, compared to four in 10 Westerners, while four in 10 Westerners said giving their time was easier, compared to just over two in 10 Northeasterners.

More than two-thirds of Americans say they will volunteer the same number of hours this year as last, while more than two in 10 plan to volunteer more, and fewer than one in 10 says they will decrease their hours.

The survey is based on 1,000 phone interviews with adults 18 and over.

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