CAF WORLD GIVING INDEX 2021: A global pandemic special report


This report provides insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world and looks at three aspects of giving behaviour. The questions that lie at the heart of the report are:
Have you done any of the following in the past month?
- Helped a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help?
- Donated money to a charity?
- Volunteered your time to an organisation?
The report includes the results of 1.6 million individuals interviewed across the globe since 2009. The result is one of the biggest surveys into giving ever produced.
The results for (almost) all countries in the world individually are presented in a ranking table that shows the percentages of people who answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions.
Globally, more people reported that they helped a stranger in 2020 than was ever recorded before in the CAF World Giving Index. Helping a stranger is the most commonly performed of giving behaviours across the world – over half (55%) the world’s adult population did so in 2020, equating to more than three billion people.

Review by Wilde Ganzen

The data given in this yearly report will show you how the giving culture in your country compares to that of other countries, and how this culture develops over time. This will help you understand the potential for domestic support.
The significance of this report is to show to all engaged in helping people they do not know, that they are surely not alone in this: more than a third of global population also help.
Knowing to be part of such an enormous ‘army’ of helpers, can be very motivating, also in convincing others to start helping too.


Community Philanthropy Volunteering Statistics

Author: various

Publisher/source/organization: Charities Aid Foundation CAF

Place and year of issue: London 2021

Type: Research report

Country/region: Worldwide

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