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Alaska's wealthy called nation's stingiest for nonprofit support

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Alaska's entitlement culture has made its wealthiest residents stingy with charitable donations and its nonprofits lazy about fundraising, a state nonprofit leader told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Dennis McMillian, CEO of the nonprofit-advising Foraker Group, said Alaskans with annual incomes above $200,000 "have the lowest giving in America, by far, for that group," reports the Juneau Empire.

So Alaska's nonprofits are going to have to turn to the wealthy for a larger portion of their funding, McMillian said.

It has been so easy for nonprofits to get funding in Alaska from the state and federal governments, that many have done that instead of doing the hard work of raising money elsewhere, he said.

"It was easy to go to Washington to see Uncle Ted," McMillian said.

The states nonprofits were turning to former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who created the Denali Commission to funnel federal money to Alaska projects, and state oil revenues, for support.

The average Alaskan making above $200,000 gives just $3,500 to nonprofits and charities, McMillian said, less than half the national average of $8,000.

Alaskans in lower income ranges also give less than those living elsewhere, he said, with only those making less than $50,000 a year giving at the same level as those elsewhere in the nation.

Read more at the Juneau Empire.