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December 4, 2013

A nation of givers

NORMAN — Coming on the heels of Giving Tuesday, (following Cyber Monday and Black Friday), the Nonprofit Times reports America has regained the top spot in the World Giving index.

The survey is published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in Kent, U.K. It is the largest annual global survey of giving. The U.S. sits above Canada, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia — which had secured the first spot in last year’s Index.

Greece rounded out the 135-country list, with Croatia above it. The U.S. had an overall World Index Giving Score — which is calculated by averaging from the three questions in the survey — of 61 percent, the highest on record for the survey. The three methods of giving the Index looks at are the percentage of people who give money to charity, volunteer their time, or help a stranger in a typical month.

This year’s Index found record numbers of Americans giving their time and helping others, with 77 percent of Americans saying they had helped a stranger — more than any other country in the world — and 45 percent saying they gave time. Overall, nearly two out of three Americans (62 percent) said they gave money — up five percentage points from 2012.

The 2013 World Giving Index also found that generosity is rising across the world, not just in America. The average for all three categories of giving increased, despite the rate of the global economy dropping from 4 to 3 percent. This boost in giving was largely driven by an extra 200 million people helping a stranger in 2012, more than double the growth in the number of people giving money or volunteering.

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