Brits most likely to give to charity, survey finds

More than 80% donated in the past year, according to international poll by

People in the UK are more likely to give to charity that any other nation, a survey has suggested.

A poll of more than 10,000 people in 16 countries carried out by social entrepreneur networking site revealed that 83 per cent of the 1,186 British-based respondents said they had made a donation to charity in the past year - the highest proportion.

In second place was Canada, where 77 per cent of respondents said they had made a donation. Sixty-two per cent of people from France said they had given to charity, 59 per cent in Switzerland and 44 per cent in the USA.

The study also included people from Iceland, Spain, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Italy, Sweden and Denmark.

British people were most likely to donate to health charities, the poll showed, with 68 per cent of respondents saying this was the most worthy cause, while Americans were more likely to support animal welfare charities.

Alberto Nardelli, chief executive of, said: "The study highlighted some fascinating information about international views and opinions - for example, which issues countries around the world most care about.

"Whereas Brits are more likely to donate money to health causes such as cancer charities, the Swiss are most concerned about fighting climate change. We can but guess the reasons, but it's clear the opinions vary hugely from border to border."

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