World Giving Index 2014 - helping a stranger

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, participation in the most common charitable behaviour, helping a stranger, has once again increased, both in terms of the percentage of the global population and absolute numbers of people.

  • In 2013, 226 million more people helped a stranger than in 2012, resulting in a total of 2.3 billion people worldwide helping a stranger in a typical month
  • Men are still more likely than women to help a stranger
  • The 30 – 49 year old age group are the most likely to help a stranger

Find out more

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.


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