The “World Giving Index” is the first report of its kind to tally different types of charitable behavior found in people from 153 countries. For its rankings, The Charities Aid Foundation looked at three different types of generosity — giving money, giving time and helping a stranger.
People from diverse areas of the world reflected high scores in one or more of the categories. Also surprising was the fact that money was not a leading indicator for strong rankings. With the planet divided into 13 regions, 10 of them were represented in the top 21 nations for overall kindness.
Canada was ranked fourth, with 56 percent of the population performing any of the three charitable acts within one month prior to the survey. The US came in just below, with 55 percent of its people showing charity. Australia and New Zealand topped the Index, with 57 percent of their citizens charted as do-gooders.
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 topped the list for helping a stranger (76%), which is the most common way that people showed their generosity.
Young people were found to give far less money to causes, perhaps due to less disposable income, but youth — the survey included teens as young as 15 — are far more likely to “help a stranger”, according to the findings.
The following table shows the 21 countries who have achieved the highest overall World Giving Index scores.
This first glimpse unearths an important finding; when ‘generosity’
is assessed in broader terms than money alone, the countries who come to the fore are not necessarily the same ones who are most commonly thought to be the most ‘philanthropic’. The most common way to be generous is to help a stranger.
Top 21 Countries in the World Giving Index:
- Australia 57%
- New Zealand 57%
- Ireland 56%
- Canada 56%
- Switzerland 55%
- USA 55%
- Netherlands 54%
- United Kingdom 53%
- Sri Lanka 53%
- Austria 52%
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic 50%
- Sierra Leone 50%
- Malta 48%
- Iceland 47%
- Turkmenistan 47%
- Guyana 45%
- Qatar 45%
- Hong Kong 44%
- Germany 44%
- Denmark 44%
- Guinea 44%
Download the full report, which was released in September at the Charities Aid Foundation website: