As the people of the UK and Canada become slightly less willing to help their neighbours in need, Australia rose in the world rankings of generosity with small improvement in our willingness to help a stranger and to donate money. However, we showed no improvement in our rate of volunteering. Unlike our true hero Steve Bradbury (gold medal, 1000m short-track speed skating, 2002), Australia managed only a bronze medal behind Myanmar (gold) and USA (silver). Those pesky New Zealanders kept a solid hold on fourth place according to the CAF World Giving Index 2016.
Oi, Oi, Oi while it lasts. While the NAB Charitable Giving Index showed donations were up 6.5% in the year to February 2016 the year to August 2016 showed a decline for the first time. We might soon be applauding other countries on the world generosity podium. What’s really going on with Australian philanthropy? Some analysts say that street credit-card sign up – Face2Face – is raising oodles of new money and retention rates have never been better. Mega-philanthropy has arrived at the universities. So why is the most recent NAB Charitable Giving Index going backwards?
We will just have to wait until next year when Professor Scaife and her colleagues unveil the Giving Australia 2016 findings. In the meantime, do your bit for Australia: help a stranger, donate money, and volunteer time, Oi, Oi, Oi.
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