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Utahns are known for their generosity. They donate 7.4 percent of their take-home pay annually to churches and charities. That rate is double the national average, according to data released last month by The Urban Institute of Washington, D.C.
But, before our charitable buttons burst too much, it must be noted that when donations to churches are excluded, Utah’s level of giving to nonreligious organizations is well below the national average. In fact, it’s near the bottom.
These are facts worth noting during this holiday season of giving.
It’s a time to remember that the need for philanthropy at all levels is constant. And it’s why KSL encourages you to again open your hearts and your pocketbooks this holiday season to any number of worthy local charities.
The list is long.
KSL Radio’s Quarters for Christmas is among them.
However, this year, we think especially of the bell ringers of the Salvation Army. Target Stores is the latest national chain to ban the Army’s traditional kettles from doorways, which KSL finds regrettable. So we encourage you to seek out and support the bell ringers wherever else they might be allowed.
As good as the holiday season is, it gets even better when we experience first hand the spirit of generous giving.