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Nebraska in middle of pack for charity
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