Georgia Ranks 17th Most Charitable State

| December 3, 2014

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Allison Ericson, Valdosta Today News Director:

VALDOSTA — In a research study, Georgia was ranked as the 17th most charitable state in the U.S. Finance Company, WalletHub.com spent the past month researching the most and least charitable states.

“We have used eight key metrics in order to establish the Most and Least Charitable States, Raz Daraban, WalletHub’s communications manager, said. “For each metric we have calculated the individual ranking of each state and based on these results and the weights attached to metrics we’ve come up with the final score and final ranking for our study.”

The National Philanthropic Trust reported 95.4 percent of households donate to charities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported close to 63 million people volunteered with an organization between 2012-2013.

The top ten most charitable states are; Utah, South Dakota, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Maryland.

The top ten least charitable states are; California, Florida, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Louisiana, Arizona, New Jersey, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Nevada.

Daraban said the states titled most charitable were ranked based on a combination of volunteering, donating money, and a large number of active charities.

“Unfortunately being charitable is a very personal option. A good step forward would be for the charities operating in Georgia to be more pro-active in spreading their message and promoting their activities,” Daraban said. “Thus more people would be aware of the problems that exist and maybe some of them will also donate time and/or money in order to help fix them.”

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