The Holiday season is upon us, and with it comes days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Tech Tuesdays. Among these is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement. More than 80 countries around the world are home to official national Giving Tuesday movements, making it universally recognized. On November 28th, 2023, the Center will participate in Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement. In honor of this global occasion, let’s dig deeper and learn more about philanthropy around the world.
What is it?
Global Philanthropy is defined as a mix of civil society, community, religious, voluntary and non-governmental organizations, distinguished by their capacity to tap private initiative and contributions for the public good. The Global Philanthropy tracker helps paint a picture of what philanthropy around the world looks like.
Published by the Charities Aid Foundation, the World Giving Index provides a global view of giving trends. The WGI reports on giving behaviors like helping a stranger, donating money to a charity, and volunteering time to an organization. Scores are calculated from the average of the responses for each county. Interestingly, the WGI Index also found that generosity is linked to life satisfaction. People who rated their life today in positive terms were more likely to have made a gift to charity.
Here in Indiana, IUPUI’s Global Philanthropy Indices measures cross-border giving through its Global Philanthropy Tracker (GPT). The first of its kind, the 2023 GTP, covers every region with data from 47 countries. This report shows the flows of philanthropy, in other words what kind of charitable giving goes between country borders.
From this report, the top three flows of cross-border resources were remittances, official development (ODA) and philanthropic outflows. Remittance represents money that a foreign worker, a member of a diaspora community, or a citizen with familial ties abroad, sends for household income in their home country. Official Development aid represents money given to help the development of a country. This flow typically happens from a high-income country to a low-income country. An example is USAID. Lastly, philanthropic flows represent money donated across borders through charity. Global philanthropy flows across borders through these three avenues. In addition, the GTP found that the most supported charitable causes included education and health. The report also looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic led to a rise in a new method of giving, and an increase in digital giving via crowdfunding or mobile payments.
Here at The International Center, we are a non-profit and rely on the support of individuals, corporate sponsorships, and grants to fund our programs and services. We hope you will join us for this global movement of generosity, whether through a donation, volunteering with a community organization, or helping a stranger.
By: Samantha Gutierrez, Development & Engagement Manager | Amelie Zirnheld, Marketing & Communications Intern