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Research: Idahoans Have Deep Pockets for Charities

January 2, 2007

The average American found an extra $1,200 to give to charity last year, according to a new poll from Harris Interactive. Betsy Dunklin with the Idaho Nonprofit Development Center says Gem staters have a reputation for being some of the most generous people in the country.

"If you look at deductions on the tax reports of those who itemize, Idahoans give about 20 percent more than the national average."

The fastest-growing donation category is groups that help people with health problems. Dunklin notes that issue and homelessness and hunger are the top charitable categories.

"This does seem to indicate that Idahoans understand how vital these community organizations are to every single one of us. They truly are what make our communities worth living in."

The poll found two-thirds of people donate to charity because "it's the right thing to do." Fifteen percent say they give for the tax write-off.

The poll results are at www.harrisinteractive.com.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID