UK fifth most charitable nation in the world
The UK is the fifth most charitable nation in the world - up from eighth last year - according to a new survey by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
The survey, called the World Giving Index 2011, shows that the USA is the most charitable country followed by Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
The World Giving Index also found that despite the tough economic conditions, the world has become a more charitable place over the last 12 months.
The report - which is compiled by CAF using Gallup polling information on the charitable behaviour of people in 153 nations - is based on three measures; giving money’, ‘volunteering time’ and ‘helping a stranger’.
CAF chief executive John Low said; “The finding that the UK is the fifth most generous nation in the world, and second in terms of giving money, is excellent news for those who are less fortunate, and shows just how deep-seated the idea of charity and charitable giving is in our society.
“It is amazing that even during these tough economic times an overwhelming majority of the UK population gives to charity each month,” he said.
CAF is an international UK registered charity. Its mission is to motivate society to give ever more effectively, and help transform lives and communities around the world.