BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - America is a selfless nation. In fact, it ranked second overall in 2015's World Giving Index and in the top 10 for two of the three charitable-giving behaviors that are tracked by the index. However Louisiana is ranked as the second least charitable state.
According to the analysis, 95.4 percent of households in America donate to charities, each contributing an annual average of $2,974. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, in 2014 alone, Americans gave more than $338 billion, 72 percent of which came directly from individuals.
Of course "charitable" behavior isn't limited to donating money to the needy. Giving one's time is a form of generosity as well — a contribution made by nearly 63 million people who volunteered with an organization at least once between September 2013 and September 2014. But whether to pitch in money, time or both — and the magnitude of its impact — largely depends on a donor's particular circumstances, according to WalletHub's Charity Calculator.
The 10 most charitable states are:
5. South Dakota
The 10 least charitable states are:
42. New Jersey
45. New York
50. Rhode Island
Generosity in Louisiana (1=Biggest; 25=Avg.)
50th – Volunteer Rate
19th – % of Donated Income
34th – % of Population Who Claim to Have Donated Time
47th – People Who Donated Money to Charity
20th – Growth in Charitable Giving (2012 vs. 2006)
50th – Number of Volunteering Hours per Capita
45th – Number of Charities per Capita