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U.S. ties for fifth in global giving
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
September 13, 2010
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U.S. ties for fifth in global giving

U.S. ties for fifth in global giving
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
September 13, 2010

The U.S. tied with

Switzerland for fifth place in a “world giving index” by the British-based

Charities Aid Foundation that measured charitable behavior across the globe.

The ranking in the “World Giving Index 2010” was based on the U.S.’s showing in

three categories — 60 percent of Americans gave to an organization; 39 percent

volunteered for a group; and 65 percent were willing to aid a stranger.

Australia and New Zealand were ranked as the most charitable countries,

followed by Ireland and Canada.

Burundi and Madagascar tied for last place.

The report was based on data from Gallup’s World Poll, taken in 153 countries

and representing about 95 percent of the global population. Donating and

volunteering could include places of worship as well as community organizations

and political groups.

“When it comes to philanthropy, Americans do a lot … and can always do more,”

said Janet Boyd, president of Charities Aid Foundation America, a member

organization of the foundation that issued the report.

“In my view, no one should take a critical view of the U.S. fifth place rank in

this report … but that also does not mean that we should be complacent as a

nation when there is so much more that can be done.”