Australian people rank 5th for generosity globally

The CAF World Giving Index has been released, naming the countries with the most generous people.

The global study, now in its sixth year, measures three kinds of giving: helping a stranger, donating money, and volunteering time. This year, 145 countries were surveyed, representing around 96% of the world’s population.

Myanmar was found to be the most giving country in the world, with 92% of the adult populating having donated money in the past month. This is followed by the USA, where 76% of the population has recently helped a stranger. New Zealand rounds out the top 3, where 73% of adults have donated money in the past month and 45% have volunteered time.

Australia comes in at 5th place this year, with 66% of people having helped a stranger in the past month, 72% having donated money, and 40% having volunteered time. In 2012, Australia took out the top spot on the survey, followed by Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • Disruptive events(such as natural disasters) as well as cultural and religious practices are at the root of generosity this year.
  • Only 5 G20 countries feature among the top 20 most giving countries.
  • The number of people donating and helping others is on the rise, whereas volunteering has taken a slight downturn

For more information and to download the full report, visit the CAF Online website.

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