The United States has been ranked as the world’s 5th most generous nation, according to the 2010 Gallup’s World Giving Index. Rankings were based on citizens’ responses to survey questions about the frequency of charitable behavior including donating money, volunteering and helping strangers.
Here’s who took the other top spots (repeated numbers indicate a tie):
1. New Zealand
5. United States
Coming from The Salvation Army’s perspective, we’re not surprised that the American public has a big heart – much of what we do hinges on the generosity of others. According to our 2010 National Annual Report, more than 3,411,613 Salvation Army volunteers donated their time and effort last year! And during the last two years’ holiday giving seasons, when the economic downturn suggested that financial donations should be on the decline, Americans gave more than ever before to our Annual Christmas Red Kettle Campaigns!
What do you think about our nation’s rank as #5? Is this ranking an accomplishment, or should we expect more from ourselves?
And let’s extend the poll to our readers – In the last month, have you supported an organization or charitable cause by donating money, volunteering and/or helping a stranger? Bonus question: Which way do you like to give back the most, and why?