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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

World Giving Index 2013: U.S. Is #1

World Giving 2013:

This fourth edition of the World Giving Index again presents giving data from across the globe over a five year period (2008-2012). The World Giving Index 2013 includes data from 135 countries across the globe that was collected throughout the calendar year of 2012. .... The Index is based on an average of three measures of giving behaviour - the percentage of people who donate money to charity, volunteer their time, and help a stranger, in a typical month. ...

The United States is ranked first in this year’s World Giving Index (Table 1), reclaiming a position it previously held in 2011. Its score of 61% is the highest on record. The United States’ return to the top of the World Giving Index is due mainly to the fact that helping a stranger is more commonplace here than in any other country in the world – when asked, 77% of Americans said they helped somebody they didn’t know, up from 71% in 2011. The United States ranks third globally in terms of volunteering, and 13th in terms of donating money.

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Burma is the third most generous country in the world? After having spent the last half-century as a closed military dictatorship? That's....counter-intuitive.

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector | Dec 25, 2013 8:10:35 AM

Is anyone else puzzled by Myanmar's ranking? Are they letting these countries report their own "statistics"?

How does an impoverished country have the highest "donating money" score. Does their high "volunteering time" score derive from their army of child soldiers?

Posted by: Willy | Dec 25, 2013 8:18:20 AM

Thank you for your work, great perspective. And Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Posted by: SafeSectors | Dec 25, 2013 8:58:03 AM

The top 7 have been or are ruled by the British Parliament

Posted by: Bill Lawrence | Dec 25, 2013 9:17:38 AM

Those who don't believe Myanmar score, should go there. Myanmar's population is exceptionally nice and generous. And also, it's a Buddhist country.

Posted by: alex | Jan 4, 2014 7:55:13 PM