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CAF WORLD GIVING INDEX 10TH EDITION

Now with a decade’s worth of data, we reveal the most generous countries and analyse long term giving trends around the globe.

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What is the CAF World Giving Index 10th edition?

Over the past decade we’ve analysed charitable behaviour around the globe in a study which has surveyed more than 1.3 million people to find out how they give.

The CAF World Giving Index 10th Edition provides a decade’s worth of combined insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world and looks at three aspects of giving behaviour and asks: Have you done any of the following in the past month?

  • Helped a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help?
  • Donated money to a charity?
  • Volunteered your time to an organisation?

“In taking a step back and looking at giving trends over 10 years, we have created what we hope will serve as a roadmap to continue to grow giving in all its forms across the globe. There are areas of concern, but also key moments of hope in parts of the world that have overcome true hardship.”

Sir John Low, Chief Executive, CAF

What are the findings?

Now with a decade’s worth of aggregated data, our special edition report identifies longer term trends over the 10 years as we reveal:

  • 10 highest scoring countries
  • 10 lowest scoring countries
  • Plus, the biggest risers and fallers over that time

Other findings

  • Around the globe, 2.5 billion people helped a stranger
  • Globally, nearly 1/5th of all adults volunteer
  • Half of the countries who have risen most in the CAF World Giving Index are from Asia

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why is this year’s report different?
    The CAF World Giving Index 10th edition encompasses 10 years of interviewing – amounting to around 1.3 million interviews with people around the world. For this special 10th edition, we are including aggregate data for each country across the 10 years that interviewing was conducted, namely 2009 – 2018. Each country is given a percentage score overall for the 10 year period, and countries are ranked on the basis of these scores.
  • Why is there no 2019 ranking?
    In 2018, Gallup made substantial changes to the location of the series of items related to charitable giving within its World Poll questionnaire, across all countries interviewed. Within the countries where interviews were conducted face to face, this change did not appear to affect the results. However, in the countries where interviews are conducted via the telephone, these changes may have had some impact. The full explanation for this impact is unknown currently but will be looked at over the next year before we publish our eleventh edition of the report. While we await further results, we have not published the data for interviews conducted in 2018 in this year’s report.
  • Why are some countries not included in the survey?
    Gallup collects the data as part of their World Poll research programme. As such, Gallup selects the countries to be included each year. Due to the small variation in countries which Gallup includes each year, we have only included countries for which data was available for at least eight of the last ten years. This means that our report is based on 128 countries.
  • How are the ranking and scores calculated?
    To establish a rounded measure of giving behaviour in a country, the CAF World Giving Index relies on a simple averaging of the proportions of people who answered yes to three key questions (Q. In the last month have you… Helped a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help? Donated money to a charity? Volunteered your time to an organisation?). The index measures countries by proportion of population giving rather than how much they give.
  • Does the CAF World Giving Index take into account political and social issues?
    The way the CAF World Giving Index is calculated does not take into account other factors which might drive or impede growth in generosity, such as the political, social and economic situation in any given country or region.

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