The good news is if you live in the Northern Plains of the United States, you are most likely seeing an increase of over 10% in charitable funds. However, if you are living in the Southwest, you may not be so lucky. The Southwest has been hit the hardest by the Great Recession and is experiencing a net decrease in annual charitable giving. Read this article by Joe Churpek, to find out how your state has been affected by the Great Recession. The data is directly from the IRS and it gives state to state comparisons in annual charitable giving from 2008-2011.