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Connecticut ranked as fifth most charitable state

November 27, 2018

It’s Giving Tuesday, the day when folks are supposed to dig deep into their hearts and give money, time, or gently used items to the charitable cause of their choice. And, according to the financial web site WalletHub, a lot of Connecticut residents will likely be taking on that philanthropic task.

In its latest survey, the site ranked states from most to least charitable, based on such factors as volunteer rate and share of income donated to share of sheltered homeless. Connecticut scored as the fifth most charitable state, and had the third highest percent of state residents who donated money to charity. It also had the eighth highest number of charities per capita, the 18th highest percentage of donated income, the 19th highest volunteer rate and the 25th highest number of volunteer hours per capita.

Minnesota ranked as the most charitable state, followed by Utah, New York and Maryland, which, along with Connecticut, comprised the top five. The stingiest state was Nevada, followed by Rhode Island, Arizona, Louisiana and Hawaii.

According to WalletHub, Americans are among the world’s most generous people, ranking fourth out of 140 countries. In 2017, U.S. donors gave more than $410 billion to charity, with 70 percent of the funds coming directly from individuals, according to the National Philanthropic Trust.

Americans are also big donors of time, the report sayd. Nearly 63 million people volunteer in the U.S., serving a combined total of 7.9 billion hours per year, the equivalent of $184 billion of service.

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