Paul L. Caron

Sunday, December 25, 2011

World Giving Index 2011: U.S. Is #1 (Out of 153 Countries)

World Giving

World Giving Index 2011:  "This is the second edition of the 'World Giving Index', the largest study into charitable behaviour across the globe involving 153 countries in total. Using data from Gallup's Worldview World Poll, the report is based on three measures of giving behaviour - giving money, volunteering time and helping a stranger. The results show that the USA is officially the most charitable nation in the world."

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Tim, the giving *from other Americans* for Katrina and 9/11 far outstripped anything that the rest of the world did (not that we aren't appreciative and grateful for their support). We gave more -- both from the government and from private charities -- during the Indonesian tsunami than the rest of the world combined. We have been the biggest contributors of assistance (public and private sourced) to Japan and Haiti.

Again -- that doesn't *diminish* the contributions from the rest of the world. We are the most prosperous nation on the planet ... at the moment. Partly, it makes sense the richest country would be the most generous simply because we have the most means. Additionally, part of our culture is also to be the most giving, as demonstrated by the fact that the most generous people in the US are lower-middle class and middle class. The normal people.

Posted by: sunny-dee | Dec 29, 2011 6:58:17 PM


If it is so "meaningless" I suggest we cease any and all "charity" outside the US - being that we provide more food, money and goods than any other source, I have a feeling that the effects will be quite "meaningful" to a lot of people.

Take your globalist Kumbaya bullsh!t, and shove it up your @$$

Posted by: Tyler | Dec 29, 2011 1:11:48 PM

I agree with Mike as nice as this all sounds it's really just another "happiness index" and doesn't mean much.

also @woody, you clearly know nothing about the help that was offered after Katrina, the BP oil spill, 9-11, and countless other events. But whatever just keep on being insular and waving the flag.

Posted by: Tim | Dec 29, 2011 9:04:57 AM

Mike, use a little common sense. Whenever there is a catastrophe in the world, the U.S. is the first country that others look to for help.

For example with tsunamis in recent years, we were quickly there and with the most, and most of that was from private contributions rather than government, which uses private tax money, anyway. But, on the other hand, when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans or after the 9-11 attacks, most of the world was pretty quiet about sending us aid.

You do have a minor point in that labor unions do go all out "volunteering" to elect Democrats and may affect the statistics somewhat, but that type of thing goes on everywhere and should not materially affect any conclusions from the survey.

Posted by: Woody | Dec 26, 2011 9:35:20 AM

since these data are based on responses to these questions, this can reflect a higher rate of church attendance, or a high rate of contributions to mainstream political parties:

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.

so i ask sincerely-- so what? these stats are rather meaningless, especially relative to what they purport to demonstrate.

Posted by: miko Sloper | Dec 26, 2011 7:32:41 AM

Anglosphere is number one.
No big surprise, that.

Posted by: PacRim Jim | Dec 25, 2011 12:59:33 PM

Strange that the top 6 of the 7 most charitable speak English.

Posted by: Kevin | Dec 25, 2011 11:33:04 AM

Don't worry, some lefty America hating jackass will be along any minute to say it is still not enough.

Posted by: Vanguard of the Commentariat | Dec 25, 2011 11:13:49 AM

but, is michele "proud to be an american"?

Posted by: ED | Dec 25, 2011 11:09:55 AM

I don't expect to see much coverage of this from major media outlets. Superficially, at least, it runs contrary to the 'greedy rich' narrative currently in play.

I'd pay to have seen a reporter walking around the OWS protests prefacing each interview with: "Given that the US is the most charitable nation in the world, and already the second most progressively taxed, how do you justify your demands to take even more away from those who are better off than yourself?"

Posted by: sniffy | Dec 25, 2011 9:58:14 AM