Global Donors League

We have published a number of studies about Irish support for charities, for example our research for Charities Institute Ireland.

But is there any evidence that the Irish are more generous than others when it comes to charitable donations?

As it happens, the World Happiness Report 2019 allows us to compare not only donations to charity but also volunteering activity as well.

Top Donors

The good news is that we Irish are indeed relatively generous in our support for charities, joint fourth in the world with Australia and the Netherlands, and only a fraction behind the UK and Malta (and the leaders: Thailand):

 

Top Volunteers

It is one thing to donate money, what about 'donating time'?  While donating to charity and volunteering time to an organisation are significantly correlated (+0.47), it is by no means a perfect correlation. As a result, the ranking for the world's top volunteering nations is slightly different to that for donating to charity. Nevertheless, Ireland makes it into the global top 15, though significantly behind the leaders Sri Lanka, Liberia and the United States:

 

Complete Rankings

Below are tables showing the complete rankings for both charitable donations and volunteering from the WHR 2019 report:

Global Rankings % donated to charity in the past month
Thailand 73%
United Kingdom 72%
Malta 71%
Australia 70%
Netherlands 70%
IRELAND 70%
Indonesia 69%
New Zealand 68%
Iceland 67%
Canada 63%
United States 62%
Hong Kong 60%
Denmark 60%
Norway 60%
Qatar 60%
Sweden 57%
Switzerland 54%
Austria 53%
Sri Lanka 53%
Luxembourg 52%
Iran 52%
Israel 52%
Singapore 50%
Germany 49%
Haiti 48%
Cyprus 46%
Chile 45%
Malaysia 45%
Finland 43%
Syria 43%
Laos 43%
Mongolia 42%
Cambodia 42%
Belgium 41%
Taiwan 41%
Puerto Rico 39%
Kosovo 39%
Italy 38%
Slovenia 37%
Trinidad 37%
Kenya 36%
South Korea 35%
Lebanon 35%
Paraguay 34%
Bosnia 33%
Panama 33%
Guatemala 33%
Pakistan 33%
Costa Rica 33%
Uzbekistan 32%
Tanzania 32%
Nepal 31%
Spain 30%
Nigeria 30%
Saudi Arabia 30%
Slovakia 30%
All Countries 29%
Poland 29%
Belize 29%
Nicaragua 28%
Afghanistan 28%
Macedonia 28%
Honduras 28%
France 28%
Latvia 27%
Dominican Republic 27%
Uruguay 26%
Sierra Leone 26%
India 26%
Kyrgyzstan 25%
Philippines 25%
Ghana 25%
Japan 24%
Vietnam 23%
Colombia 23%
Mauritania 23%
Portugal 23%
Bolivia 22%
Uganda 22%
Serbia 22%
Romania 22%
Malawi 22%
Kazakhstan 21%
Mexico 21%
Zambia 21%
Croatia 21%
Hungary 21%
Moldova 21%
Montenegro 20%
Estonia 20%
Sudan 20%
Tajikistan 20%
Peru 19%
Cameroon 19%
Argentina 19%
Jordan 19%
Albania 19%
Belarus 19%
Ethiopia 18%
Turkey 18%
Ukraine 18%
Ecuador 17%
Bulgaria 17%
Liberia 17%
Mozambique 17%
South Africa 17%
Rwanda 16%
Bangladesh 16%
Egypt 16%
Chad 16%
Azerbaijan 15%
CAR 14%
Botswana 14%
Angola 14%
Venezuela 13%
Burkina Faso 13%
El Salvador 13%
Senegal 13%
Lithuania 12%
Mali 12%
Congo 12%
Benin 11%
Algeria 11%
Namibia 11%
Madagascar 11%
Tunisia 11%
China 11%
Russia 10%
Zimbabwe 10%
Togo 9%
Armenia 9%
Niger 9%
Burundi 7%
Georgia 5%
http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2019/

 

Global Rankings % volunteered time to a charity in the past month
Liberia 49%
Sri Lanka 48%
United States 42%
New Zealand 42%
Sierra Leone 41%
Tajikistan 40%
Philippines 39%
Indonesia 39%
IRELAND 38%
Australia 38%
Canada 37%
Kenya 36%
Netherlands 36%
Mongolia 36%
Uzbekistan 36%
Guatemala 35%
Nigeria 34%
Slovenia 34%
Dominican Republic 33%
Norway 32%
Trinidad 32%
Switzerland 32%
Ghana 32%
Haiti 31%
Honduras 31%
Mozambique 30%
Luxembourg 30%
Malawi 30%
United Kingdom 30%
Malaysia 30%
Finland 29%
Zambia 29%
France 28%
Nepal 27%
Belarus 27%
Austria 27%
Iceland 27%
Panama 27%
Puerto Rico 26%
Uganda 26%
Belgium 26%
Cyprus 26%
Kyrgyzstan 26%
Malta 25%
Belize 25%
Madagascar 25%
Germany 25%
South Africa 25%
Japan 24%
Iran 23%
Costa Rica 23%
Israel 23%
Sudan 23%
Denmark 22%
Azerbaijan 22%
Bolivia 22%
Namibia 22%
South Korea 22%
Paraguay 22%
CAR 21%
Kazakhstan 21%
Nicaragua 21%
Colombia 21%
Zimbabwe 21%
Ukraine 20%
Singapore 20%
All Countries 20%
Peru 19%
Botswana 19%
Mexico 19%
Taiwan 19%
India 19%
El Salvador 18%
Afghanistan 18%
Estonia 18%
Russia 18%
Georgia 18%
Moldova 17%
Hong Kong 17%
Ethiopia 17%
Angola 17%
Qatar 17%
Italy 16%
Argentina 16%
Mauritania 16%
Spain 16%
Cameroon 16%
Thailand 15%
Uruguay 15%
Chile 15%
Chad 15%
Congo 15%
Burkina Faso 15%
Togo 15%
Tanzania 14%
Slovakia 14%
Ecuador 14%
Pakistan 14%
Portugal 14%
Saudi Arabia 14%
Sweden 14%
Rwanda 14%
Senegal 13%
Laos 13%
Benin 13%
Syria 13%
Venezuela 13%
Vietnam 12%
Poland 12%
Kosovo 11%
Bangladesh 11%
Lithuania 11%
Lebanon 10%
Niger 10%
Latvia 10%
Mali 10%
Hungary 10%
Algeria 9%
Macedonia 9%
Croatia 9%
Tunisia 9%
Burundi 9%
Turkey 9%
Albania 8%
Cambodia 8%
Armenia 8%
Montenegro 8%
Jordan 7%
Romania 7%
Egypt 6%
Bulgaria 5%
Bosnia 5%
Serbia 5%
China 5%
http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2019/

 

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