Men's Health Magazine has chosen Cincinnati as one of the top cities in the country when it comes to being charitable.  Their study looked for cities who were the most philanthropic. 

They factored in charitable donations that were given online through an organization called Convio, software used by nonprofits.  Then they looked at donations given to Goodwill in December and the amount collected by the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.  Finally they calculated the number of toys donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Men's Health Magazine then ranked 100 major U. S. cities on their charitable spirit during the holiday season for the December 2009 issue.  Being fourth is no small feat! Madison, WI, Richmond, VA, and Seattle WA came in ahead of us, with Austin, TX immediately behind.

We should be proud of this ranking and work to improve it in this economic crunch.  My vote goes to the Neediest Kids of All for a local charity in need this year and the Heifer Project for an International charity.