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November 29, 2016

Today is Giving Tuesday, and it’s comforting to know that the United States is ranked the second-most generous country in the world, according to the World Giving Index. (As unlikely as it may sound, Myanmar is in the top slot, and has been for the past three years.)

But how do the individual states stack up? Frankly, New Jersey could do a bit better: It came in 36th out of 50 states in a new survey from WalletHub, the personal finances website. The Garden State made a particularly poor showing when it came to percentage of donated income, finishing at 49th, just ahead of New Hampshire.

New Jersey did a bit better for “Volunteering & Service,” taking the 29th spot.

Charitable rankings were determined using a set of weighted factors that included percentage of income donated, number of public charities per capita, number of Feeding America foodbanks per capita, and percentage of sheltered homeless.

And with a Republican administration waiting in the wings, it’s interesting to note that Red states are more generous than Blue. Surely New Jersey can do something to address that situation.

It’s Tuesday. Please give generously, both of money and of time.

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