India rises up World Giving Index of global generosity as people step up to support others in tough times

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NEW DELHI : India is becoming more generous as itre-enters the top 100 most generous countries on the CAF World Giving Index, the unique global league of giving, according to new figures published today.

More people give money, volunteer and help a stranger in India than in any other country on earth, according to the index, produced by the Charities Aid Foundation, an international charity which aims to help people give and support non-profits worldwide.

The number of Indians helping stranger, giving money and volunteering their time are both up, according to the index, which measures people giving their time, their money and helping others.

Overall, 401 million people had helped a stranger last year, up from 335m in 2014. More than 200 million had given money, up from 184m in 2014 and 200m had volunteered during the previous month, up from 157m in 2014.

Overall, India has climbed up the global CAF World Giving Index from 106th to 91st place, just above Pakistan and Bangladesh. But it still scores significantly lower than some of its neighbours like Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal.

The CAF World Giving Index is compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, an international charity, with partner offices in India, the USA, Canada, Russia, South Africa and Brazil as well as the UK.

The index, the leading comparative study of global generosity, records the number of people who helped a stranger in the past month, volunteered their time or gave money to a good cause. This year 148,000 people in 140 countries were surveyed as part of the Gallup World Poll.

Meenakshi Batra, Chief Executive of CAF India, said: “India has a fabulous tradition and culture of giving and it is great news that India is becoming more generous over time.

“People generously stepped upto help after the devastating Tamil Nadu floods and the Nepal earthquake. It’s humbling that people instinctively try to help when they see their fellow citizens suffering adversity.

“We need to give something back to those who need it and build on the culture of giving of which we should be so proud.’’

More people than ever before are helping others in countries across the globe, according to the index.
For the first time since the index began, more than half of people in 140 countries said they helped a stranger, and record numbers of people volunteered their time. The numbers of people worldwide giving money was very slightly up.

‘’Over the years, our employees have been donating voluntarily to various causes close to their heart, through CAF India’s ‘Give As You Earn’ employee giving programme. Our employees truly believe that in addition to lending monetary support, it’s also important to volunteer one’s time. CAF’s World Giving Index is an important tool to understand giving patterns across the globe. We are pleased to see an increasing number of people in India volunteering and making donations to help those in need. This is certainly a positive trend, and CWT is proud to support CAF India in cultivating a culture of giving in India,” said Geeta Jain, CEO, India, Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Overall, Myanmar was the most generous country on Earth for the third year running. The United States was second, making it the most generous nation in the western world, followed by Australia.

The index is published one month before #GivingTuesday – November 29 – the global day of giving when people are asked to give their time, money or voice to a good cause.

The CAF World Giving Index, the leading comparative study of global generosity, records the number of people who helped a stranger in the past month, volunteered their time or gave money to a good cause. This year 148,000 people in 140 countries were surveyed as part of the Gallup World Poll.

Findings include :

  • Africa is the continent which has seen the biggest increase in generosity in the past year.
  • Disasters and adversity continue to inspire acts of generosity. This year’s index shows high levels of giving in Iraq and Libya despite bloody conflicts, and Nepal, which achieves its highest ranking following the devastating earthquakes of 2015.

The index, now in its seventh year, shows high levels of generosity in countries experiencing civil war, conflict and unrest, showing how the human urge to help others comes through even in some of the most troubled nations on Earth.

In many countries, men are significantly more likely than women to engage in volunteering or helping a stranger. However, at the global level, there is little difference between men and women when it comes to donating money.

The CAF World Giving Index top 10

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John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, an international charity which helps people and companies give worldwide, said:“The generosity of people, even in countries suffering from disaster and turmoil, is truly humbling. It’s amazing that more than half the people in the world said they helped a stranger.

“In every county, people have this in-built desire to give and help others. Governments should encourage that spirt of generosity and create the environment in which a strong civil society can flourish allowing people to reach out to those less fortunate than themselves.

“Unconditional gifts of time and money are a life changing force for good in the world. As people become more prosperous and economies grow stronger we have an opportunity to build an ever stronger culture of giving right across the world.”

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Methodology
The World Giving Index is primarily based upon data from Gallup’s World View World Poll, which is an ongoing research project carried out in more than 140 countries in 2015 that together represent around 96% of the world’s population (around 5.1 billion people).  The survey asks questions on many different aspects of life today including giving behaviour. The countries surveyed and questions asked in each region varies from year to year and is determined by Gallup. More detail on Gallup’s methodology can be viewed online. Gallup interviewed 3,000 Indians face-to-face between April 3 and May 14 2015 in 11 languages (Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Assamese). The survey excluded population living in Northeast states and on remote islands. The excluded areas represent less than 10% of the population.

About Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India
Established in 1998, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India is a not-for-profit organisation working to build a society motivated to give ever more effectively and help transform lives, and communities. In order to achieve this vision, CAF India has been actively engaged with stakeholders across a broad spectrum of areas. We are part of the CAF Global Alliance that has nine offices internationally and distributes funds to over 100 countries across the world.

CAF India’s wide range of philanthropic solutions includes delivering on the CSR commitments of corporate, and nonprofits through grant management, CSR strategy development, programme management, employee giving, capacity building, disaster support, employee engagement, volunteering and communication advocacy, tailored to meet business objectives. We have a proven track record of conducting due diligence of more than 2100 NGOs till date.

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