How Altruistic Are We?

Society | October 17, 2014
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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 method used to calculate World Giving Index scores relies on a simple averaging of the responses from the three key questions asked in each country. Each country is given a percentage score and countries are ranked on the basis of these scores.

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.

In 2012, proportionally more Americans gave in some way than in any other country. More Indians donate money to charity in a typical month than anywhere else in the world. With 85% of the adult population saying they had donated money to charity in 2012, Myanmar is in first place for participation in this behaviour.