UK fifth most generous nation, says GoFundMe crowdfunding platform

According to its figures, Ireland, the US, Australia and Canada fill the top four places, and Edinburgh emerges as the most generous city in the UK

The UK is the fifth most generous country, according to figures from the funding platform GoFundMe.

A report from the crowdfunding website about donations made through it globally in 2019 shows Ireland was the most generous country overall, with the US second, Australia third and Canada fourth, based on the number of donations per capita.

Top 10 most generous countries

1. Ireland

2. US

3. Australia

4. Canada

5. UK

6. Switzerland

7. Luxembourg

8. Netherlands

9. Denmark

10. Norway

The data shows that people in Edinburgh were the most charitable in the UK, based on the number of donations per capita, with Cambridge and Bath next on the list, which considered only those towns and cities with populations of more than 50,000.

Top 10 most generous UK cities

1. Edinburgh

2. Cambridge

3. Bath

4. Derry/Londonderry

5. Norwich

6. Bristol

7. Plymouth

8. Exeter

9. Ipswich

10. Liverpool

GoFundMe said Friday was the most popular day to donate among people in the UK and 8pm was the most popular time to do so.

Tuesday came out as the UK’s most popular day to start a fundraiser.

The site said it had handled donations totalling $9bn (£6.8bn) worldwide through more than 120 million gifts since it was set up in 2014.

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