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New report says Wisconsinites are among the least charitable


It may be the season for giving, but a new report puts Wisconsin near the bottom in the country when it comes to generosity.

A study by WalletHub ranked Wisconsin as the tenth least charitable state in the country.

"We analyzed eight different metrics," said WalletHub spokesperson Jill Gonzalez. "That ranges from volunteer rate to the percentage of the population who donated both time and money, and then the overall median contribution to charity."

Wisconsin ranked high in a couple of places including volunteer rate where the state ranked second.

"When you're looking at the number of tax payers who did donate money to charities is actually in the top 20 at about 27 percent," said Gonzalez.

Wisconsin is falling short of a couple of places, including the high schools.

"There's no community service requirement for high school graduation," said Gonzalez. "Some states do, kind of instilling that need to volunteer at a younger age."

Local leaders say they were surprised by where Wisconsin fell in the rankings, and say they think there may be a couple of reasons why.

"Some of our giving might not be recorded because people are helping their neighbor," said United Way Marathon County Executive Director Joanne Kelly. "They're helping people that maybe had a crisis in their life and not giving directly to an agency but still helping out."

There's plenty that can be done to move Wisconsin up the rankings.

"I don't think you have to look very far to find a cause you might really be passionate about," said Kelly.

The data for the study came from a few different sources including the U.S Census Bureau and the IRS.

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