The 2015 World Giving Index
A publication of Charities Aid Foundation
Providing a “global view on giving trends” is the aim of the World Giving Index (WGI), the annual report of the Charities Aid Foundation that explores questions defining charitable behaviour across the world. The report is based on highlighting three core aspects of charitable behaviours. It looks into whether the respondents have, within a given month, engaged in one of the following activities:
- Donated money to a charity
- Volunteered their time to an organisation
- Helped a stranger, or someone they didn’t know who needed help
The 2015 WGI covers 145 countries in its data gathered by Gallup’s World Poll survey. The report is expanded to include 15 new countries: Bahrain, Belize, Burundi, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Mauritius, Namibia, Norway, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Sudan, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, and the United Arab Emirates. However, there are also 5 regions featured in the WGI 2014 that are not in WGI 2015, namely Iceland, Nagorno-Karabakh Region, Syria, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey.
The WGI philosophy
The report outlines countries listed by their World Giving Index ranking and score, with giving behavior participation and ranking; commentary on the giving culture in each country, and a look at the World Giving Index rankings over the last 6 years.
CAF’s WGI is unique in that it considers factors that are not directly correlated with a certain country’s economic development or standard of living index, but have relevance in determining the attitude towards charitable giving on an individual basis. It is interesting to note that traditional or religious customs may affect the rankings of countries more so than economic prosperity. Thus, countries where for example the population largely follows the Theravada school of Buddhism — which encourages charitable giving — were found to rank higher on the WGI than countries that are far more prosperous in purely economic terms. This trend, that was noticeable in the 2014 WGI, has also continued throughout the 2015 WGI.
2015 WGI – Notable trends
- Religious and traditional practices continue to shape how and when people give
- For the first time since 2008, men are shown as more likely to give than women
- Globally, donating money is on the rise
- Young people (15-29) saw increased participation in all three core areas compared to last year’s Index