World Giving Index
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The World Giving Index (WGI) was compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, using data gathered by Gallup, and ranks 153 countries in the world according to how charitable their populations are. The Charities Aid Foundation claims that WGI is the largest study ever carried out into charitable behaviour around the globe.[dead link] The first edition was released in September 2010 with New Zealand, Australia and Ireland emerging as the three most charitable nations. The survey found that around the globe happiness was seen as a greater influence on giving money than wealth.
The WGI is based on data from Gallup's WorldView World Poll which is an ongoing research project carried out in 153 countries that together represent 95% of the world's population. In most countries surveyed 1,000 questionnaires are completed by a representative sample of individuals living in urban centres. In some large countries such as China and Russia samples of at least 2,000 were collected, while in a small number of countries, where polling is difficult, the poll covered 500 to 1,000 people but still featured a representative sample.
Respondents were over 15 years old and samples were probability-based. Surveys were carried out by telephone or face-to-face depending on the country’s telephone coverage. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) worked with data downloaded in March 2010.
Gallup asked people which of the following three charitable acts they had undertaken in the past month:
- donated money to an organisation?
- volunteered time to an organisation?
- helped a stranger, or someone they didn’t know who needed help?
Giving money or time to an organisation could include political parties/organisations as well as registered charities, community organisations, and places of worship.
Response to the results (2010)
Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector and Senator for New South Wales, Dr Ursula Stephens said, "I see each day the enormous efforts of our country’s five million volunteers and witness the generosity of the millions of Australians whose donations make the work of our non profit organisations possible. So this result on the World Giving Index is confirmation of what we already know – we are a country of generous people who are quick to lend a helping hand in times of need."[dead link]
The Community and Voluntary Sector Minister in New Zealand, Tariana Turia said, "The report shows that New Zealanders are particularly generous when it comes to giving money and helping strangers, but also in terms of volunteering. As a nation we must celebrate our generosity and make sure that our decisions and our actions bolster it even further."
World Giving Index rankings
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- World Giving Index 2010, page 4 http://www.cafonline.org/PDF/World_Giving_Index_2010_A4.pdf[dead link]
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- Focus Taiwan article: http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201009240044
- Dr Ursula Stephens http://ursulastephens.com/2010/09/australia-a-nation-of-givers-and-helpers/[dead link]
- New Zealand Government website, 9 September 2010. http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/turia+thrilled+top-ranking+generous+new+zealanders
- "World Giving Index 2012". Charities Aid Foundation. December 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- "World Giving Index". Charities Aid Foundation. December 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2014.