We felt it in our hearts, but now we know it for sure. Americans are officially the most generous givers in the world, according to the 2011 World Giving Report.

The World Giving Report, the largest of its kind, looks at charitable behavior in over 150 countries.

This year the United States moved to first place from fifth place, with Americans reporting a 4% increase in volunteering time and an 8% increase in helping a stranger

Interestingly, prosperity and giving do not always go hand-in-hand. Countries whose populations are the most likely to give are not necessarily the world's most affluent. Only five of the countries that feature in the World Bank's Top 20 by GDP (PPP) feature in CAF's World Giving Index Top 20

In the spirit of the giving season, Nancy and Bryan are making donations to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), The Sara Holbrook Center, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Women Helping Battered Women, The United Way of Chittenden County, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

If you have not already made your year-end charitable gifts, please consider giving to some of these important and much-needed organizations in our community. Charity Navigator is a helpful resource for selecting top-notch charities.

We wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season, on behalf of the entire Nancy Jenkins Team—Nancy, Bryan, Alison, Amanda, Carol, Cindy, David, Jason, Jennifer, Jim, Patti, & Ruth.