NEW YORK — The Jewish community has been picking up on a problem it hasn’t faced for decades: a greater need for philanthropic donations than Muslims, a growing number of Jews and the increasing popularity of philanthropy among African-Americans.
In a report released Thursday, the JTA found that the Jewish community raised $13.7 billion last year and raised nearly half of all the money it collected from the public last year.
In 2012, the last year the JT found data, Jewish philanthropists gave away $11.6 billion to the U.S. economy.
The next year, the year before that, $11 billion was raised.
The report also found that for the first time, Jews were the only ethnic group to receive more than half of the total donations from the U .
S. public last financial year, with Muslims receiving about a third of that total.
While Jews have been among the fastest growing religious groups in the U and the world for decades, their philanthropic contributions are now outpacing those of Muslim and African-American groups, the report said.
“The numbers are really out of whack,” said David Siegel, president of the JTCI, a nonprofit organization that researches charitable giving.
“It’s hard to think that a lot of our money could go to people who aren’t doing a lot in their communities.”
The JTA report comes amid growing awareness that the Muslim community is struggling to meet their need for social justice and religious education.
Last year, Muslims accounted for more than one in three of all children born in the United States, with nearly 40% of children born to women of color.
The JT said that as of the end of last year, about 2.4 million Jews had contributed at least $1 million to non-profit groups and non-profits.
In the U, Jewish donors accounted for $1.9 billion in donations, or 15% of the U.’s total.
African- Americans gave $1 billion in the same period.
The Pew Research Center estimates that more than 1.5 million Jews live in America.
For African- American Jews, the figure is closer to 700,000.
Jews who are white, who make up about 14% of America’s population, are the largest donor class.
The JT’s report said that they made up about 30% of all non-Jewish charitable donations in 2012.