Giving Lagging in Texas?

A spirit of giving deep in the heart of Texas?

A new study suggests the Lone Star State ranks much closer to the bottom than the top–placing 48th out of 50.

Some said Texans may not be as generous as folks in other states because they’re finding fewer opportunities to give.

“When we’re also looking at the number of public charities per capita, Texas is few and far between. So a lot of residents there might not be as motivated because there are not these local charities in their back yard that they feel some type of connection to” said Jill Gonzales with Wallethub.

Either way, a number of groups are finding themselves relying more and more on private donations.

“We are looking to grow that individual contribution, and provide an endowment that can support us when state and federal funding don’t come in” said Lindsay Wall with Humanities Texas, a group that provides materials for teachers and libraries.

Looking ahead, charities are hoping “Giving Tuesday” might be a springboard to a more giving spirit in Texas through the holiday season.

“To realign folks perspective on what this December period of time means for most people” said Jamie McDonald with the Giving Tuesday Campaign.


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