ANZACs most generous

September 9th, 2010 at 8:51 am by David Farrar

Kiwis and Aussies have been ranked the most generous givers of time and money to .

The Charities Aid Foundation has published the World Giving Index. They use poll data from Gallup, and average out the percentages who say they have donated money, donated time and helped a stranger.

Overall, 20% of the world’s population had volunteered time in the month prior to interview, 30% of the world’s population had given money to charity, and 45% of the world’s population had helped a stranger. Australia and New Zealand are, jointly, the most ‘giving’ countries in the world. These countries both boast a World Giving Index score (the average of their scores on ‘giving money’, ‘giving time’, and ‘helping a stranger’) of 57%. Eight other countries from three regions also have a World Giving Index score of over 50%.

And some interesting correlations:

The link between the giving of money and happiness is stronger (a coefficient of 0.69) than the link between the giving of money and the GDP of a nation (0.58). It would be reasonable to conclude that giving is more an emotional act than a rational one.

The more generous you are, the happier you are.

The top ten countries are:

  • 1= New Zealand 57%
  • 1= Australia 57%
  • 3= Ireland 56%
  • 3= Canada 56%
  • 5= Switzerland 55%
  • 5= USA 55%
  • 7 Netherlands 54%
  • 8= UK 53%
  • 8= Sri Lanka 53%
  • 10 Austria 52%

The bottom eight countries are:

  • 153 Madagascar 12%
  • 152 Burundi 12%
  • 150= Ukraine 13%
  • 150= Serbia 13%
  • 147= Greece 14%
  • 147= Lithuania 14%
  • 147= China 14%
  • 146 Bangladesh 15%

The top country for giving money is Malta at 83%, followed by Netherlands at 77% and Uk and Thailand at 73%.

The top country for giving time is Turkmenistan at 61%, Sri Lanka 52% and Central African Republic 47%.

The top country for helping strangers is Sierra Leone at 75%, and Canada at 68%.

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12 Responses to “ANZACs most generous”

  1. david (2,482 comments) says:

    Surely this is wrong. They missed out Iran, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, The Emirates, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, France – all givers to a fault.

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  2. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,786 comments) says:

    What a steaming pile of …

    Yet another pointless survey that has New Zealand at the top. Unfortunately where it counts New Zealand comes nowhere.

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  3. DRHILL (121 comments) says:

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it Bob Geldof, BONO and any other so-called actor / singer!.

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  4. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it Bob Geldof, BONO and any other so-called actor / singer!.

    They advocate higher government spending on overseas aid, something quite different to what this survey measured. None the less individual generosity should probably be taken into account when evaluating how ‘well’ a country does in this area.

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  5. wikiriwhis business (3,286 comments) says:

    And still communities are no better off.

    I never give for cancer causes. The pharmaceuticals will not allow a cure for cancer just as much as fuel companies do not want fuel alternatives.

    A futuristic spokesman on “Good Morning’ today did not adress the political realities of why the world is not developing as it should with technology. Big business is standing in the way of humanity.

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  6. wikiriwhis business (3,286 comments) says:

    With the rise of GST and the ETS, people are going to become to hard up to give.

    We are going to become a very hardened and mean socieety because of over taxation. The very cause for the American civil war the tyrant Lincoln provoked.

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  7. gravedodger (1,426 comments) says:

    “they advocate higher giving of government money”, yeah it is so easy to donate money extorted from the citizenry by compulsion and thereby gain an image of generosity, when getting off your arse and giving from a sacrifice of your own wealth and time is too difficult and personal.

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  8. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    I never give for cancer causes.

    You should know that ‘cancer causes’ often collect to support the victims of cancer too.

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  9. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    We are going to become a very hardened and mean socieety because of over taxation.

    You’d say NZers of the past were miserable gits then?

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  10. Swiftman the infidel (329 comments) says:

    But, but, but Wussel Norman and the Gweens tell us we are a mean and miserable lot who should be taxed more to send to 3rd world dictatorships.

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  11. wikiriwhis business (3,286 comments) says:

    @stephen

    That’s a very irrelevant argument. The people of the past, esp pre 60′s had nowhere near the living standards we have.

    Modern society knows what its used to and when its deprived and the middle class, having been attacked for so long, is really minimalised, We not going to be happy kiwi’s.

    We’re being dragged back to the pre sixties with the few wealthy and the rest living a subsistent life. Basically no middle class.

    Jenny Shipley directly said we not going back to the sixties. If she had of been honest she would finished by saying we going back to the thirties.

    It was Helen Clark who broke her golden rule by giving the sheeple a warning and letting the horse bolt.

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  12. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    wikiriwhis business,

    That’s a very irrelevant argument. The people of the past, esp pre 60′s had nowhere near the living standards we have.

    We might not quite be on the same page here. They had FAR higher taxes than us, and were used to their own particular standards of living, as we are used to ours. You said “We are going to become a very hardened and mean socieety because of over taxation.”, but since 60s NZers were massively taxed, were they especially hardened and mean?

    I would guess if the economy gets back on its feet will taxes will probably continue to lower overall…

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