We are delighted to launch the second edition of the USA Giving report, looking at giving across the USA.

The USA Giving report provides unique insight into how people give, their motivations and which causes they support.

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What are the key findings in the USA?

Supporting religious organisations is the most popular cause
Caring about the cause is most popular reason people give
6 in 10 people donated money in the past 12 months

Unique insights into giving in the USA

  • Giving using cash and giving online using a bank or credit card are the most popular methods of donation (both 39%).
  • Compared to 2017, more people in this year’s survey report taking part in charitable activity during the last 12 months (70%, up from 62% in 2017).
  • The majority of Americans believe that charities have had a positive impact on their local communities, on the USA as a whole, and internationally.


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Over the last 25 years, the Global Alliance and its international presence has led to breakthroughs and social change that’s had a positive effect on the lives of millions of vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities.

At its core, the Global Alliance works to help strengthen civil society worldwide as part of CAF, a champion for giving that works to help donors, companies and charities make a bigger impact.

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Explore how people around the world give and discover unique insight into charitable behaviour and generosity across the globe.

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South Africa Giving 2019

Our research reveals key facts on civic participation and giving trends in South Africa.

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Russia Giving 2019

Our research reveals the key facts and trends in charitable giving in Russia.

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Brazil Giving 2019

Our research reveals the key facts and trends of charitable giving in Brazil.

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Australia Giving 2019

Our research reveals the key facts and trends of charitable giving in Australia.

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Canada Giving 2019

Our research reveals the key facts and trends in charitable giving in Canada.

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Now in its ninth year, the CAF World Giving Index looks at charitable behaviour around the world and shares insights into the nature of giving and trends in global generosity. The CAF World Giving Index 2018 is based on data collected over a five year period (2013-2017). It includes results from 146 countries collected throughout 2017.

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