New Hampshire and Illinois follow Utah as the states where the most citizens donate either time or money to charitable causes.
The state of Utah is unique in many ways, and it now appears to be unique in its level of charitable giving.
A Gallup poll conducted in all 50 states revealed that more Utah residents donate time and money to charitable causes than the people of any other state. According to the survey, 71 percent of Utah residents donated money in the one month prior to the survey being taken, and 56 percent said they had volunteered time. Forty-eight percent said “yes’’ to both categories, by far the highest percentage among the 50 states.
New Hampshire and Illinois each reported 70 percent of citizens who donated money in the previous month, and 67 percent of Hawaiians had done so. Minnesota was the only state that had at least 50 percent of its citizens (actually 53 percent) volunteer their time.
Minnesota also had the second-highest percentage of citizens who both donated money and volunteered their time at 41 percent.
Nine states were given the tag as “high-giving’’ with at least 36 percent of its citizens donating both time and money.
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In all 50 states, residents were more likely to donate money than volunteer their time.
Nevada and Kentucky finished last in the category of the percentage of citizens who both donated money and volunteered time, coming in at 24 percent. New York, Mississippi and Arizona came in at 26 percent in the “both’’ category, although New York had 65 percent of its citizens donating money.
North Carolina had the lowest level of citizens donating money at 55 percent, and Kentucky had the lowest level of volunteerism at 30 percent.
Gallup extrapolated its data on charitable giving with its previous data in a Gallup-Healthways poll on well-being and found that generally states with a higher level of charitable giving were more likely to report a higher state of well-being.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.