Now that we've moved on from the spending frenzy that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's time to think of others and give back -- Happy #GivingTuesday, friends!
The latest World Giving Index shows that Americans are actually quite generous with their dollars, and rank as the fifth most generous country out of the 140 studied; in 2016 U.S. donors gave more than $389 billion to charity.
In the spirit of inspiring altruism, WalletHub determined the most charitable of the 50 states by comparing them across 14 key indicators of charitable behavior, ranging from volunteer rates to share of income donated to helping the homeless. Turns out those of us in the DMV are pretty darn good at the giving game: Maryland was ranked as the second most charitable state, while Virginia came in seventh -- D.C. was not included in the study.
Top 10 Most Charitable States:
- South Dakota
How Maryland stacked up:
- 1st- Community service requirement for high school graduation
- 1st- Share of population donating money
- 1st- Charity regulations
- 5th - Share of income donated
- 18th- Volunteer rate
- 19th- Charities per capita
How Virginia stacked up:
- 1st - Charity regulations
- 4th – Volunteer hours per capita
- 5th – Share of population who donated money
- 9th – Volunteer retention rate
- 15th – Volunteer rate
- 16th – Share of income donated
- 19th – Share of population who donated time
- 23rd – Charities per capita