The “World Giving Index”, the largest study ever carried out into charitable behaviour across the globe, which ranked the Australia and New Zealand the most charitable nations in the world, has found that happier people are more likely to give money to charity than those who are wealthy.
The “World Giving Index” used a Gallup survey on the charitable behaviour of people in 153 countries representing 95% of the world’s population. The survey asked people whether they had given money to charity in the last month and to rank how happy they are with life on a scale of one to ten.
The study also measured two other types of charitable behaviour alongside giving money – volunteering time and helping a stranger. The “World Giving Index” combines the levels of each charitable behaviour to produce a ranking of the most charitable nations in the world.
In Australia, 70% of the population have given money, and 38% have given time; in New Zealand the figures are 68% money and 41% time. This compares with the USA where 60% of the population have given money and 39% time; and the UK which scored 73% and 29%.
Malta was found to be the country with the largest percentage of the population (83%) giving money, the people of Turkmenistan are the most generous with their time with 61% having given time to charity and Liberia was top of the list for helping a stranger (76%).
You can read more on the CAF UK website
Sep. 10, 2010
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