World Giving Index

Gain insight into the nature of giving around the world

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 behavior across the world. The report is based on highlighting three core aspects of charitable behaviors. 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 organization

Helped a stranger

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.

The 2017 World Giving Index

The 2017 CAF World Giving Index looked at how and why people around the world give to charity. In this, the eighth edition of the CAF World Giving Index, we collected data from 139 countries, which represents an incredible 95% of the world’s population.

2017 World Giving Index trends

…how will these trends change next year?

Past Issues

2016 World Giving Index
2015 World Giving Index
2014 World Giving Index
2013 World Giving Index
2012 World Giving Index
2011 World Giving Index
2010 World Giving Index

Radio Shows

2013 World Giving Index
2012 World Giving Index