Welcome to the 2014 edition of the World Giving Index, which looks at charitable behaviour across the world, involving 135 countries. The survey looks at people’s giving behaviour, in a typical month, as defined by three actions: donating money, volunteering time and helping a stranger.

In this year’s report, donating money is the only behaviour that has declined in terms of participation as a percentage of the global population. Despite this, the absolute number of people who have given money has increased by 84 million people due to population growth, resulting in 1.4 billion people around the world giving money.

  • Overall, women are more likely than men to donate money
  • However, there are economic differences - only in developed economies are women more likely to donate money than men, whilst in transitioning and developing economies the reverse is true 
  • The 15 - 29 age group showed the largest decline in participation


To find more analysis of World Giving Index data, read articles about issues in global philanthropy and learn about our Future World Giving project, visit the Future World Giving website.