The World Giving Index (WGI) is accumulated by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). The foundation ranks one hundred fifty three countries according to how generous their people are. The index commenced in September 2010. The first edition enlisted Australia, New Zealand and Ireland as the three most generous nations. The survey established that happiness (to help other people) influences generosity than wealth.
CAF used the data collected by Gallup. Gallup is an ongoing study or poll performed in one hundred fifty three economies. The countries are surveyed by completing 1,000 questionnaires. For large countries (like Russia and China), there will be 2,000 questionnaires. The poll is based on three categories or measures to include:
- Donating money: Gallup enquired if the people have donated money to an organization in the past months. Organization includes political parties, churches, community groups, charities, etc. Regardless of the amount, as long as you donated, it should be noted.
- Volunteering: Gallup enquired if the people have spent time volunteering to an organization in the past months. As mentioned earlier, organization includes political parties, churches, community groups, charities, etc. Regardless of the length of time, as long as you use it to help others, it should be noted.
- Helping stranger: Gallup enquired if the people have assisted or extended their help to stranger/s. Helping a complete stranger is not easy but many people rise above to the challenge. There are people who do not mind helping out, it should be noted.
The CAF saw a development in Singapore. In 2010 and 2011, Singapore ranked number 91. In 2012, it dropped to 114. In 2013, Singapore leaped to number 64 for donating money and volunteering. The country’s efforts to alleviate the lives of each other is not simple but it is not a reason to stop serving.