Giving Index 2012 report focuses on three kinds of charitable
behaviour - donating money to charity, volunteering and helping a
stranger - across 160 countries to illustrate the nature of giving
around the world.
Impress your friends and family with our 5 ultimate charity
1. Australia is the most generous country on earth
In a typical month, more than two thirds of Australians donate
money and help a stranger, while more than a third volunteer. The
Australian government promotes philanthropy and encourages all
Australians to share the joy of giving, be it time or money .
And in case you need more general knowledge, Australia is
followed by Ireland in second place, Canada in third. The United
Kingdom is in eighth place.
2. Globally, helping a stranger is the most popular form
of charitable giving
It appears that we have not become an isolated, selfish, too
occupied with our mobile phones to help others, bunch. In a
typical month, a massive 1.9 billion people will help a stranger;
1.3 billion people donate money and whilst 0.8 billion
3. Women are more financially generous than men
While more women are more likely to donate money to charity, men
are more likely to volunteer or help a stranger.
4. The most generous countries are not necessarily the
richest or the biggest
The top 20 countries for charitable giving vary economically,
geographically and politically; there’s at least one country from
The list includes both Qatar, a country with the second highest
GDP per capita and also Liberia, which has the second lowest GDP
The USA, a nation of 300 million people, also makes an
appearance in the top 20 - as does Trinidad and Tobago, a nation of
just over one million.
5. Continents differ clearly in how they give
More people in Africa than in Europe or Asia said they had
helped a stranger, while four times more people in Oceania than in
Africa donated money.
We hope you’ve had a fun time swotting up on our ultimate
charity facts. Now you’re prepared to take on any quiz on
In the meantime, we’ll continue to work hard in 2013 to ensure
that giving remains our top priority.
space for new and exciting campaigns during the year.