Australia, New Zealand are most “giving” countries, study finds

By Katy Snyder, JVA Consulting

In a recently released study that used several factors to determine how giving residents from countries across the world are, the U.S. ranked fifth (tied with Switzerland) after Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland (which tied for third).

The study, which was conducted in 153 countries around the world, asked the following three questions to determine how generous a country is:

In the previous month, have you:

  • Donated money to an organization?
  • Volunteered time to an organization?
  • Helped a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help?

A Chronicle of Philanthropy article about the report points out that some of the top scorers in one category did not score high in others. Liberia, for example, was ranked highest of all countries surveyed in the “helped a stranger” category, with 76 percent of respondents saying they had helped a stranger in the previous month. Despite this, only eight percent had donated money in the same time period. The report attributes these discrepancies to cultural differences among countries about definitions of philanthropy and acceptable giving methods.

Other key findings of the study include:

  • Happiness has a stronger correlation to giving than wealth does
  • Giving increases with age (check out News in the Sector in JVA’s 411 tomorrow for a more in-depth survey of giving by age conducted in the U.S.)
  • Women tend to give more than men, although in many countries the difference between men’s and women’s giving is slight

To read the rest of the report, click here.  Come back to Nonprofit Street tomorrow  to read a blog post about the generosity of Coloradans.

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