The 'World Giving Index' produced by CAF and discussed by The Australian newspaper recently brings to light some findings in what seems to drive most people to give and who is more likely to give.
Here are the highlights of what has been mentioned that I found interesting:
- Australia and New Zealand topped the “World Giving Index”. Malta was found to be the country with the largest percentage of the population (83%) giving money, the people of Turkmenistan are the most generous with their time with 61% having given time to charity and Liberia was top of the list for helping a stranger (76%).
- 'Happier people are more likely to give money to charity than those who are wealthy' - Donating money to charity is something that is traditionally seen as being driven by how wealthy a person is. However, it is clear that happiness plays an important role in influencing whether people give.
- “The findings suggest a positive cycle where one person gives to charity, the charity improves the happiness of the individuals they support and they in turn are more likely to give.”
Conclusion: A snowball effect, a happier world breeds more happiness :)