Singapore has vaulted up 50 spots to rank 64th in the Charities Aid Foundation's (CAF) World Giving Index this year, thanks mainly to a rise in the number of people donating. But findings showed that Singapore is still trailing at the back of the pack when it comes to lending strangers a helping hand, coming in 134th out of 135 countries and territories.
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Here is the press statement published on the CAF website:
The UK is top of the developed world for giving money to charity, with 76 per cent of Britons giving to good causes in a typical month.
This increase in financial giving makes the UK the sixth most charitable nation in the world, up from 8th, in the World Giving Index, the biggest annual global survey of giving published today.
The survey also found that Britons are becoming more generous with their time. Volunteering levels rose by three percentage points from the previous year to 29 per cent.
The UK also became a friendlier place, with a huge increase in the amount of people who helped a stranger in a typical month, up by nine percentage points to 65 per cent.
The index is based on surveys in 135 countries by Gallup over the past year and looks at three measures of giving: the percentage of people who give money to charity, volunteer their time or help a stranger in a typical month.
While the UK tops Europe in terms of giving money to charity, Ireland is the most generous nation in Europe overall, with a higher proportion of the Irish volunteering (37 per cent) pushing the UK into second place in Europe. The index found that the United States was the most generous country on earth, followed in joint second place by Canada, Burma and New Zealand, with Ireland in fifth place.
The next five most generous countries were the UK, Australia, Netherlands, Qatar and Sri Lanka respectively. Greece was bottom of the World Giving Index with Croatia just above them.
Overall, the world became a more generous place last year. Despite a slowdown in the global economy, the average percentage of people donating money, volunteering time and helping a stranger all increased. The rise in giving was largely driven by an extra 200 million people helping a stranger in 2012. This was more than double the growth in the number of people giving money or volunteering.
Globally, women are more likely to give money to charity, while men are more likely to volunteer and help a stranger. There was a big increase this year in men helping strangers, meaning that proportionally more men are helping strangers than ever before.