Nebraska in middle of pack for charity

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

There is an endless supply of worthy causes out there that are worth supporting.

America has more homelessness and hunger than it should, but we’re all wealthy compared to most of the world’s citizens.

Sometimes it’s appropriate to marshal the resources of national and local governments to deal with truly pressing, worthy problems.

Other tax-supported programs are instituted for reasons that are more political than altruistic.

It’s one thing to say “somebody should do something” about a problem; another to put your money where your mouth is.

McCook stepped up to the plate during its recent, second annual Big Give, 652 donors contributing $130,078.05 during the 24-hour drive. The same can be said for Ann Trail’s Adopt-a-Chaplain project, which just sent 350 “care packages” to military personnel via seven chaplains.

Nebraska as a whole is in the middle of the pack, No. 20, according to 14 key indicators prepared by WalletHub for release on today’s #GivingTuesday.

A third of all annual giving takes place in December, for whatever reason, taxes or holiday spirit.

Comparing things like volunteer rate, share of income donated and share of sheltered homeless, WalletHub found Utah in first place, followed by Maryland, Minnesota, Wyoming and Wisconsin.

Utah had the highest volunteer rate, most volunteer hours per capita, highest share of aggregate income donated to charity, and highest share of the population claiming to have donated time.

Maryland has the highest share of taxpayers who donated money to charity.

Hawaii was No. 50 in total charitable activities, and Kentucky had the fewest volunteer hours and lowest amount of donated time. West Virginia was at the bottom in aggregate income donated to charity, and in the number of taxpayers who donated money to charity.

Southwest Nebraskans can be proud of their willingness to contribute to worthy causes, but there is definite room for improvement.

Numerous charities are using the #GivingTuesday hashtag to make contributions easy.

Check out the complete WalletHub report here: http://bit.ly/2BjleQu

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  • The Big Give in McCook helped numberous organizations that help residents of Red Willow County and surrounding counties. Thanks to all those that gave. The sad fact was that the county has about 10,800 people yet only 652 donated.

    -- Posted by dennis on Tue, Nov 28, 2017, at 3:40 PM
  • My question to you Dennis would respectfully be, "What factors do you think would attribute to the low donor turnout?"

    -- Posted by hulapopper on Sat, Dec 2, 2017, at 7:29 AM
  • One factor could be that Red Willow County is one of the poorest counties in Nebraska, but the Bible tells us of the widow’s mite where even the poorest person gave to help others. Another factor could sadly be the reverse of what President Kennedy said...to paraphrase...ask not what I can do for my community but what my community can do for me.

    -- Posted by dennis on Sat, Dec 2, 2017, at 9:25 AM
  • maybe its because no mater the day someone is trying to get in my pocket i don't mind helping but there is only enough money to go a around before i am the one that needs the donations alot of good causes right now

    -- Posted by BTWinecleff on Wed, Dec 6, 2017, at 11:44 PM
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