2016 Global Civic Engagement Report

The picture of charitable giving around the world

The 2016 Global Civic Engagement Report explores people's commitment to their communities to help governments, businesses and organizations better understand their population of potential volunteers.

What motivates billions of people worldwide to give their time, money and talent -- without pay and often at high risk -- to their communities?

Even though Gallup sees a strong relationship between people's inclination to give and the economic environment of a country, sometimes giving transcends the economic situation. To crack the code on civic engagement, global leaders need to focus on the energy that moves citizens to participate.

Worldwide, people are more likely to give money than volunteer their time.

Majorities in

72

countries say they have helped a stranger in need in the past month.

In 2015, nearly

1.4 billion

people donated money to charity,

1 billion

volunteered their time, and

2.2 billion

helped a stranger in need in the past month.

Many of the populations that are the least civically engaged are those that have suffered from economic and political upheaval.

The 2016 Global Civic Engagement Report explores people's commitment to their communities to help governments, businesses and organizations better understand the population of potential volunteers.

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  • The countries in which people are least and most likely to give to charity
  • The countries with the highest and lowest scores for volunteering time and helping someone in need
  • Overall worldwide civic engagement measures

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