Americans are generous! TIME magazine reports.
A record $373.25 billion was given to charity in 2015–more than $1 billion per day. But maybe most notable was the gift of time. In the last year measured, 62.6 million Americans volunteered at least once.
The city with the highest rate of volunteerism? Salt Lake City, trailed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Milwaukee.
According to the 2016 Kids Count Data book compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Utah ranked 10th on the overall list, slipping a notch from 9th in the 2015 rankings. Utah had the fewest children per capita without secure parental employment, tied for the lowest child poverty rate, and had the lowest percentage of children in single-parent homes. The report was less favorable on education, where Utah ranked 21st, and on health, where it ranked 27th.
Utah and Salt Lake City show that “volunthrophists,” people donating time and money, make a difference. Horizonte, Salt Lake City School District’s alternative high school and adult education center, is the beneficiary of extraordinary generosity. That generosity provides college and applied tech scholarships to Horizonte High School graduates who qualify. And Horizonte goes the extra mile in helping students qualify by supporting them in college academic readiness programs to help boost placement scores after initially not qualifying.