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Art of giving: India climbs charity ladder

business Updated: Dec 23, 2011 22:02 IST
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A study on charitable behaviour across the globe indicates that India is catching up with the rest of the world as far as philanthropy is concerned. While the country lags significantly behind developed nations, data shows that India’s charity is going up.

According to the latest survey by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) — the World Giving Index, 2011 — India has jumped to rank 91 from the 134th position last year.

The USA, which was ranked fifth last year, tops the list as the most charitable nation followed by Ireland and Australia.

The report compiles information on the charitable behavior of the people in 153 nations and is based on three measures such as giving money, volunteering time and helping a stranger. The global average of the three giving behaviors in 2011 was 32.4%, compared to 31.6% in 2010, the report said.

In India, there was a 14 percentage point growth in ‘giving money’, a nine percentage point rise in ‘helping a stranger’ and a growth of six percentage points in ‘volunteering time’.

The USA has seen an increase in all three measures, ranging from a 4% increase in ‘volunteering time’ to an 8% increase in ‘helping a stranger’.

Overall the study suggests that the world has become a more charitable place over the last 12 months — with a 2% increase in the global population ‘helping a stranger’ and a 1% increase in people volunteering.

In its poll, CAF asked 150,000 people — representing 95% of the global population — whether they had given money to charity, volunteered time or helped a stranger in the last month.