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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, December 2, 2018

America's Most and Least Charitable States Revealed

Charity1America may the fourth-most charitable country in the world, but not all of the states were equal. In an analysis conducted by personal finance site WalletHub, states were scored by how they performed in two areas: volunteering and charitable giving.

The factors within the two main criteria consisted of the number of volunteer hours per capita, the share of income donated, the share of the population donating money, food banks per capita, and more.

Minnesota topped the list, largely due to coming in first in the category of volunteering, as well as ranking fourth on charitable giving. "It really comes down to how many hours people are volunteering and when those values are instilled in people,' said Jill Gonzalez, a senior analyst for WalletHub. 'A lot of the states that do well actually have community service requirements in high school and those values really remain with people throughout their lifetimes."

Politics may have played a part in charitable giving, as well. "[W]e see that blue states tend to be more generous than red states," Gonzalez said. "Blue states, on average, rank 21st out of all 50 states, red states average was more like 28th."

Nevada ranked 46th in volunteering and 49th on giving, making it (overall) the least charitable state in America.

See Valerie Bauman, America's Most – and Least – Charitable States, Revealed, Daily Mail, November 27, 2018.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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