10 Years of Giving Trends
Charities Aid Foundation

Over the past decade, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) analyzed charitable behavior 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 behavior 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 organization?

Key Findings

The most generous country in the world over a decade of CAF World Giving Index is the United States of America 

The United States of America occupies first place over the last 10 years with a score of 58%. This is followed by Myanmar in second place and New Zealand in third place. Indonesia, however, is the only country in the top 10 to have improved its one year scores over recent years, with the others on a downwards trajectory.

New Zealand is the only country to feature in the top 10 on all three giving measures 

New Zealand ranks amongst the top 10 countries over 10 years, not only on the overall World Giving Index, but also on each of the three measures which make up the Index; helping a stranger, donating money and volunteering time – it is the only country to do so. At the other end, China is the only country to feature in the bottom 10 on all three measures and is, in fact, in last place of all the countries included on its overall World Giving Index score.

Half of the biggest risers over time are from Asia 

Since the World Giving Index was first produced in 2010, five of the top 10 biggest risers are to be found in Asia, with Indonesia leading the way.

More than two and a half billion people have helped a stranger in the last decade 

Helping a stranger is the most commonly performed giving behavior across the world with 48.3% having done so across the 10 years of the World Giving Index. This equates to more than two and a half billion people

There is no ‘magic bullet’ answer to tell us ‘what makes a country generous?’

There is no one trait that points to a country’s generosity. Top performing countries represent a wide range of geographies, religions, cultures and levels of wealth – what they all have in common is simply an inspiring willingness to give.

Giving in Africa

Despite a downward trend in donations in some of the world’s wealthiest places, large swathes of the African continent are defying the trend. 

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