FUNDRAISING NEWS: Teens show willingness to give

A viral email survey conducted by Giving Nation has shown that teenagers are more charitable than people often believe and that 14 is the most generous age.

The survey, which asked 11 to 16 year olds across the UK how much they would donate to charity if they were given £500 (Third Sector, 18 June), has revealed that the most popular choice was to keep half and give half to charity.

None of the 558 young people surveyed voted to keep the whole £500 for themselves, and 10 per cent even said that they would give all the money to charity.

Competition winner Catherine Lloyd, 13, from Shrewsbury, whose entry was picked from a hat, will now be given £500 to spend as the majority of her peers voted. She has already decided how to use the £250 that is earmarked for charity and is even planning to share her own half with her siblings.

"It's a fantastic prize and I'm going to share £250 between World Wildlife Fund and Cancer Research UK," said Lloyd after the results were announced by Tony Lundon from pop band Liberty X. "The rest I'm going to spend, spend, spend."

Giving Nation, which works to promote charitable giving to young people, says that the results show that teenagers are a nation of givers, not takers.

"We're impressed to see that greed has not taken over and they would give away as much as they would spend on themselves," said Andy Thornton, youth campaign manager at Giving Nation.

The results also showed that teenagers from Northern Ireland were more philanthropic than those from other nations. The least generous were the 16 year olds.

However, students weren't the only ones being put to the test: the survey was also open to teachers. The closing dates for teacher entries is at the end of July, and when all the entries have been collated, Giving Nation hopes to be able say whether teachers or students are more generous.

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