Ultimate charity facts



The World 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 facts:

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 volunteer.

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 each continent.

The list includes both Qatar, a country with the second highest GDP per capita and also Liberia, which has the second lowest GDP per capita.

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 charitable giving.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to work hard in 2013 to ensure that giving remains our top priority.

Watch this space for new and exciting campaigns during the year.


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