Colorado ranks 15th in the nation for charitable giving, according to a report released today.

Minnesota, Utah and New York were ranked as the most charitable states, while Arizona, Rhode Island and Nevada were least charitable.

The report, “2018’s Most Charitable States,” from finance website WalletHub, compared the 50 states based on 18 key indicators of charitable behavior. The data set ranged from volunteer rate to share of income donated to share of sheltered homeless.

Key results for Colorado (1 = most charitable; 25 = average) include:

  • 16th — charities per Capita
  • 21st — percentage of donated income
  • 26th — percentage of population who donated time
  • 15th — percentage of population who donated money
  • 21st — volunteer rate
  • 18th — volunteer hours per capita

Among Colorado’s neighboring states, Wyoming ranks 12th, Oklahoma is 18th, Kansas is 20th, Nebraska is 30th and New Mexico comes in at No. 45.

“Nearly 63 million people volunteer in the U.S., serving a combined total of 7.9 billion hours per year, the equivalent of $184 billion of service,” the report stated. “The latest World Giving Index shows that Americans are among the world’s most generous people, ranking No. 4 out of 140 countries. U.S. donors in 2017 gave more than $410 billion to charity, with 70 percent of the funds coming directly from individuals, according to the National Philanthropic Trust.”

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