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Georgians are generous

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

December 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As more people struggle to make ends meet the demand on charities is increasing.

Those groups can't help people in need without donations from people like you.

And a recent study shows Georgians are more generous than most Americans.

Last year more than 77% of Georgia households gave a total $5.5 billion to charities.

Per household Georgians gave more than $130 higher than the national average of $2,247.

"It's great to be in a state that's generous, and it's great to be in a city where you have community investors that believe in what you do, so annually you can receive those gifts,"said LaKisha Bryant, Girls Inc. Executive Director.

And less fortunate Georgians are more generous.

Families making more than $100,000 per year gave 1.1% of their income to charities.

Those making less than $50,000 per year gave 6.4% of their earnings to help others.

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