The report looked at information gathered by the Tax Foundation on the percentage of 2011 tax returns in each state that claimed deductions for charitable giving. The article also notes states’ contribution levels from 2008 tax records gathered by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Maryland topped the list of the most charitable states in the U.S. and Virginia came in sixth when looking at the percentage of tax returns with charitable deductions.
A bit more than 40 percent of Maryland residents deducted for charitable donations. Contributions came to $3.9 billion statewide, according to The Motley Fool.