Be like St Andrew and do something to help others

On St Andrew’s Day the Charities Aid Foundation is supporting the #belikestandrew campaign for people to help others in their community.

CAF’s own research, based on a monthly tracking survey by YouGov, shows that Scots are more generous than the UK as a whole, not only in donating money to good causes but also volunteering time.

In October, CAF found that Scots are more likely to donate money to charity in the past year than people across the UK (65% vs 61%), volunteer their time (19% vs 17%), donate goods to charity (58% vs 56%), and sponsor a friend or colleague (40% vs 37%).

Overall, the survey found people living in Scotland donated £813 million to charity in 2016. This represents 8.4% of the £9.7 billion donated to charity across the UK with Scotland accounting for 8.2% of the population.

The report also shows that young people in Scotland are more engaged with charity than the UK as a whole: 94% of 16-24 year olds reported they had done some form of charitable activity in the preceding year, significantly higher than the UK average which stands at 89%.

Susan Pinkney, Head of Research at the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

“World-renowned philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie have long shown that Scots have a strong tradition of giving, and our own research confirmed that people across the country dedicate time and money to supporting good causes.

“There’s no better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than by helping others, and demonstrating our proud culture of giving.”

The Charities Aid Foundation is the global leader in measuring generosity and publishes a number of landmark reports annually: the CAF World Giving Index interviews more than 146,000 people in 139 countries, compiling a global ranking of generosity; whilst the UK Giving Report is the most comprehensive study of domestic generosity, interviewing 12,000 people annually.

The first CAF Scotland Giving report was published in October 2017 and is expected to become an annual event in the Scottish charity calendar.

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About CAF

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a leading international charity registered in the United Kingdom, with a presence in nine countries covering six continents. Its mission is to motivate society to give ever more effectively and help transform lives and communities around the world. We do this by working globally to increase the flow of funds to the charity and non-profit sectors through the provision of philanthropy advice and services.


1,000 interviews conducted across the UK each month from May 2016 to December 2016 with c.80 interviews conducted each month in Scotland. Interviews are conducted by the market research company YouGov, online with a representative sample of the UK population.


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