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January 2018

Washington ranked 6th for charitable giving

Washington is the 6th most generous state in the country for its philanthropy according to a WalletHub study based on charitable giving, volunteering and service during 2017.

Utah finished first in the overall rankings, followed by Maryland, Minnesota, Wyoming and Wisconsin. Hawaii was deemed the least charitable state.

Among 139 countries, the U.S. ranked 5th, giving $389 billion to charity, with 72 percent of those funds coming directly from individuals. That is the lowest ranking since 2011.

According to the 2017 World Giving Index, which compiles the rankings, Myanmar ranked first, a position it has held for four consecutive years. Indonesia was the runner-up, followed by Kenya. The Giving Index considers helping a stranger, donating money and volunteering time for its rankings.

Thirty-one percent of all annual giving occurs in December, with 12 percent of all giving occurring in the last three days of the year, according to Neon, a company that provides software solutions to help nonprofits "raise more, save more, and get more done." The company also reported that volunteers are twice as likely to donate as non-volunteers.

To determine the most philanthropic states, WalletHub compared all 50 states across two key dimensions: "volunteering & service" and "charitable giving." Fourteen key metrics were weighted in the evaluations. Data for the rankings were collected from multiple sources, including U.S. Census Bureau, Corporation for National & Community Service, National Center for Charitable Statistics, and others.