Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) releases World Giving Index every year to show how much people around the world have been able or willing to help their fellow man and woman, through the donation of money, volunteering of time, and offering of help to those they do not know.
The World Giving Index 2014 consists of 135 countries from across the globe. The 2014 Index is compiled using data collected throughout 2013 and surveyed over 155,000 people.
Key findings of 2014 report
- The United States strengthens its reputation for charitable giving yet further by getting ranked in the Top 10 for all three of the charitable giving behaviours covered by the World Giving Index:
- helping a stranger (1st),
- volunteering time (joint 5th)
- and donating money (9th).
- First place in the World Giving Index is shared by Myanmar and the United States: Whilst America’s strong performance across all forms of giving contributes to its top ranking, Myanmar’s position is driven primarily by an incredibly high proportion of people donating money (91%).
- Only five of the countries in this year’s World Giving Index Top 20 are members of the G20.
- Malaysia has experienced a significant improvement across all three ways of giving, resulting in a 26 percentage point increase in its World Giving Index and a move from seventy-first place to seventh. This behavioural change was due to the humanitarian effort undertaken following Typhoon Haiyan in the neighbouring Philippine archipelago.
- Similar to the year 2013, the most substantial growth is in the number of people helping strangers.
- Youth unemployment worldwide may be impacting on an ability to donate money.
- Women are established as being more likely to give money than men, but only in high income countries.