Pennsylvanians among least charitable in the nation

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A new study finds that Pennsylvania residents are keeping their wallets close to the vest when it comes to charitable giving. 

The study by reviewed eight different metrics,  including the overall volunteer rate, money donated  by population, and gifts reported to the Internal Revenue Service.  And even though 60 percent of Pennsylvania residents say they donate, said Jill Gonzalez of Wallethub, the Ketston State ranked eighth from the bottom on gifts to charity.

“When it comes to the actual percentage of taxpayers who have donated money, it comes from the IRS, in Pennsylvania it’s more like 24 percent,” she said. “In New Jersey, it’s the second highest at 35 percent.”

Delaware falls in between the two neighboring states.   Gonzales said Pennsylvania ranked 38th in charitable giving growth between 2006 and 2012.

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