New report ranks most generous countries

According to a new report, the United States tops the list of countries whose citizens give the most, in time and money.

By James Addis. Photo by Laura Reinhardt.
Published February 1, 2012 at 12:00am PST

A new report by Charities Aid Foundation America rates the United States as the most generous country in the world.

The foundation’s World Giving Index 2011 (pdf) measures the generosity of 153 countries according to three criteria: giving money as a percentage of income; volunteering time; and helping strangers.

United States improves ranking

The top 10 most generous countries are:

1. United States
2. Ireland
3. Australia
4. New Zealand
5. United Kingdom
6. Netherlands
7. Canada
8. Sri Lanka
9. Thailand
10. Laos

The United States’ first place in the rankings marks a significant improvement from 2010, when it ranked fifth. Other countries making significant gains include Liberia, which went from 39 to 14, and Morocco, which leapt from 33 to 12.

The report’s findings are based on more than 150,000 interviews with members of the public from around the world.

World Vision lauds American generosity

World Vision knows firsthand the generosity of Americans. Through the astounding giving spirit of supporters, we are able to help improve the lives of the poorest of the poor in some 100 countries. World Vision’s 2011 financial report reveals that, even in a difficult financial climate, Americans continue to give.

How you can help

Pray for God to show you new ways that you can give of your time and income this year.

Consider World Vision as an avenue for your generosity.  Sponsor a child or give a life-changing gift through our Gift Catalog.

Advocate for global poverty-focused programs. How we spend our federal dollars reflects our national values. While this funding makes up less than a percent of the total federal budget, it supports life-saving programs to fight hunger, malaria, AIDS, child mortality, and more. Ask your members of Congress to protect this small but very effective part of the budget.