The Charities Aid Foundation, a UK-based organization that supports charity and the people who donate to them, recently compiles an annual report on the most generous countries in the world. The organization ranks 140 countries across the world according to how charitable they are.
The aim is to provide insight into the nature of giving around the world. The World Giving Index measures the generosity of three factors, namely the number of people volunteering, helping strangers, and monetary donations. For the latest ranking, CAF surveyed over 145,000 from 139 countries and averaged their response on their participation in any of the three categories. According to the findings, here are the top ten generous countries.
Here's their finding.
The Most Generous Countries 2018
10. United Arab Emirates
Wealthy in every sense of the word, the country broke into the Top 10 for the first time ever.
Its tourism industry isn’t successful for nothing. The kindness of strangers along with volunteerism make Ireland a place you need to go.
8. United Kingdom
BB (Before Brexit), 69 percent of Brits gave to others while 33 percent were more than happy to donate their time. Will, that change? Only time will tell.
In Indonesia, the Islamic concept of zakat, or alms-giving, may be at least partially responsible for our people’s high level of generosity. And coincidentally, the survey was conducted during the holy month of Ramadhan, when donating money is particularly high. But, take a note, Indonesia ranked 2nd last year, and frequently ranks in Top 10 since the survey first took place.
As the world’s second-largest country, Canada has made the Top 10 every year and 2016 was no different thanks to volunteering and helping others.
5. Sri Lanka
Its nearly 26-year-long civil war came to an end in 2009 and amidst all that devastation, the country of 21 million rounds out the Top 5, scoring high marks for both kindnesses to strangers and community volunteerism. Amazing.
4. New Zealand
Just like its neighbor Australia (you’ll see them in a sec), the World Giving Index calls the Oceania region “a conflict-free, economically homogenous continent where barriers to giving will be lower than in many other countries.” Hear, hear.
Australians ranked third in amounts of per-person giving to charity and the country has promised to welcome 12,000 Syrian refugees.
2. United States
There was a time not too long ago when 73 percent of people helped a stranger, and volunteerism was high. Who knows what next year’s numbers will be like.
For the fifth year running, Myanmar claims the title of the world’s most generous country.
An astounding 91 percent of people in Myanmar gave money to charity in the past year. “The high scores are likely to be a result of Theravada Buddhism practiced by a large proportion of the population in Myanmar, whereby followers donate to support those living a monastic lifestyle – a practice known as Sangha Dana,” the report states. Still. At 39 million people, that makes it the highest per-person giving a ratio of any country. Bravo.
Source : CAF | Edmonton Gazette
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