Giving could rise to $224 billion a year (£146bn) by 2030 – enough to wipe out extreme poverty and in excess of the Gross Domestic Product of Ireland - if the world's middle classes match the average 0.4% of spending donated to charity by people in the UK.

The report aims to estimate the possible extent of charitable giving around the world if governments and the voluntary sector were to harness the potential of the huge expansion of the middle classes.

Giving Thought blog

The latest on key issues affecting civil society, philanthropy, social investment and using new technologies for social good.

Our publications

We produce research on charities and charitable giving to help charities understand the sector - and to thrive.

Charitable Giving in the USA

Our 2017 report provides a unique insight into how individuals give across the United States, their motivations and which causes they support.