Thereâ??s a growing belief that religion doesnâ??t contribute to American society, but the numbers donâ??t support it. Religion in the United States today contributes a combined $1.2 trillion to our economy and society. These expenditures range from the basic economic drivers of any business â?? staff, overhead, utilities â?? to billions spent on philanthropic programs, educational institutions and healthcare services. Congregations, faith-based businesses, institutions and faith-based charities strengthen our economy, build communities and families and lift people up in times of need in a way that no other institution or government does.