For the past three years, Charities Aid Foundation has released the World Giving Index, a study of worldwide charitable behavior. In 2012, this study included more than 140 countries and 155,000 interviews conducted by Gallup. These numbers are based on three key factors over a particular month:
The percentage of people who donated money to charity.
The percentage of people who volunteered their time.
The percentage of people who helped a stranger.
It's interesting to see where the U.S. falls among the rest of the world. While we no longer sit at the top of the list, it's refreshing to see that more than half of Americans participate in some sort of charitable activity. At the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Greater Horizons, we're fortunate to work with charitable givers who choose to support causes in their own communities and beyond through donor-advised funds every day.