Fundraising: Women on top in being charitable

Women surpass men in almost every measure of charitable behaviour, according to new research by Oxfam.

The survey, which polled 2,196 adults last month, found that more than a quarter of women donate to charity each month, compared with one in five men.

It also revealed that women are more active campaigners - 15 per cent wore a Make Poverty History wristband, compared with 9 per cent of men - and that they are more likely to attend marches or write to their MPs.

The events of 2005, such as the south Asian tsunami and the earthquake in Kashmir, influenced the younger generation too. Two in five 18 to 29-year-olds said they were now more likely to support a charity by campaigning, volunteering or donating, compared with one in four of the population as a whole.

Regionally, Scots came out among the most likely to support a charity, although those in Wales (60 per cent) were most likely to donate on an ad hoc basis.

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