The US has seen a sharp rise in religious orders in the last decade, which are more likely to be run by wealthy, white, and male clergy than by people of color, according to a new report by the nonprofit watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).
The number of such religious orders nationwide has grown from 1,939 in 2007 to 3,638 today, according the nonprofit advocacy group.
That compares to 1,639 in 2013, the last year for which data was available.
That’s up from 803 in 2007, when FAIR first started tracking religious orders.
According to FAIR, the rise has occurred in spite of the fact that most religious orders are funded by a mix of tax-exempt tax-supported grants, charitable donations, and voluntary contributions.
“The vast majority of religious orders don’t have a formal charter,” said David Scharf, FAIR’s senior vice president of research.
“There are no formal structures in place for the organization to govern itself.”
The rise of religious order funding is in stark contrast to other forms of nonprofit fundraising, including traditional nonprofit fundraising.
As of last year, the vast majority — almost half — of non-profit groups raised more than $1 billion, according FAIR.
In fact, the report shows that religious organizations are the largest single donors to non-profits, with $8.6 billion in total donations in 2016, more than any other group.
But religious organizations also outspent non-religious organizations on fundraising, and in the case of religious organizations, by far.
The report also shows that some of these funds are being used for charitable purposes.
In 2016, the average donation for a religious order was $2,400.
By comparison, the typical donation for non-charitable non-denominational groups was $3,400, according a recent study by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center.
A number of religious groups are currently seeking to open their doors to LGBT people.
For example, the American Baptist Convention has been lobbying Congress to pass a law that would allow LGBT people to serve in chaplains.
In addition, several denominations are pushing for state laws that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment and housing.
But even if LGBT people are being treated differently than they are today, the church can still provide support for them and the families who depend on them.
The report shows the religious orders spend more than half their funding on religious services for LGBT people and their families, compared to other nonprofits.
The study also shows how the religious groups spend their money.
In some cases, religious orders may receive a small fraction of the money that non-Christian churches receive.
But the religious order is the largest contributor to other non-government, nonprofit organizations, and that makes up about 20 percent of the total funding, FAUR said.
In some cases the religious organizations don’t even know how much they are spending on their religious services, according, which may lead to a false sense of confidence that the religious organization is doing all it can to help LGBT people, according Scharf.
In one case, a Catholic order received $25,000 from a non-church foundation, which paid for its pastor to have a baby.
In another case, an order received about $8,000 a month from a religious charity, but paid for the pastor’s office and other expenses.
But in both cases, the order knew that it was being given a fraction of what other non, non-faith organizations received.
“If they’re giving the same amount to other charities, why aren’t they paying more for it?”
The report comes after a series of high-profile scandals involving Catholic churches and other institutions, including allegations of sexual abuse of children, a church that was caught covering up sexual abuse, and a bishop who was accused of abusing boys.
The groups, which include the Catholic Church, American Catholic Conference, National Association of Evangelicals, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.), are among more than 200 charities that FAIR tracks.
They are listed in the FAIR index as 501(c)(4), which means they don’t fall under federal tax law.
In the past year, more and more churches and religious orders have come under fire for alleged abuse of minors.
A New York State grand jury issued a report last month that alleged that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Pittsburgh were covering up decades of abuse by clergy.
The investigation, which led to indictments against seven priests and bishops, resulted in the resignation of two archdiocesan bishops.
In June, a New York judge ordered that the archdiocese pay $2.4 million to the victims.
The Catholic Church has vehemently denied the allegations.
The Archdioceses spokesman, Kevin Farrell, said the church’s faith and values have always been clear to us. And