UK is Europe’s most generous nation, says CAF World Giving Index 2015
The UK is now the most generous nation in Europe, according to Charities Aid Foundation’s CAF World Giving Index 2015. It is the sixth most generous country in the world, up from seventh in 2014.
CAF’s sixth annual global study looks at three measures of giving - the percentage of people who have in the last month:
• given to charity
• volunteered their time
• helped a stranger.
CAF’s research is based on surveys of people aged 15 and over in 145 countries carried out by Gallup in 2014, part of its World View World Poll, which is an ongoing research project carried out in more than 140 countries in 2014 that together represent around 96% of the world’s population. The countries surveyed and questions asked in each region varies from year to year.
UK giving 2015
This year’s study reports that in the UK:
• 75% of people had donated to charity in the previous year, one of the highest rates anywhere in the world. The international average was 31.5%.
• 32% of people have volunteered for a good cause, up from 29% last year. This means an additional 1.58 million people volunteered compared to the previous year, with a particular increase among women.
• 63% of people have assisted a stranger, up two percentage points on the previous year. This equates to 1.56 million people having performed an act of generosity for someone they did not know.
The report is published three weeks before GivingTuesday, the international day of giving, which comes to the UK for the second time on 1st December, and which is being co-ordinated by CAF.
John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:
“From the huge support for Children in Need to the popularity of new campaigns like #GivingTuesday, backing good causes is ingrained in our culture. Charities play a central role in society and many aspects of people’s lives. The huge numbers of people giving money and time to good causes reveals a real appetite among people to give something back”.
Top 10 countries
According to the CAF World Giving Index 2015, the most generous countries in the world are:
2. United States of America
3. New Zealand
6. United Kingdom
8. Sri Lanka
Burundi was ranked bottom of the 145 countries in the Index with China, Yemen and Lithuania just above them.
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