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Facts About Philanthropy and Charitable Works That Might Surprise You

February 3rd, 2016

Giving is considered a noble act and we see no reason why not. Help no matter how big or small is a huge thing and only further solidifies that there is still faith in humanity. Philanthropy and charitable works abound and everyone is welcome to partake in it. One doesn’t have to be rich in order to give. Even the smallest of gestures and the pledge of volunteerism is a blessing on their own.

Today, we’ll share a few fun facts and trivia about philanthropy that you may not know of yet. Hey, it pays to fill our heads with information no matter how random. Ready? Here we go!

  • The top three most generous countries are Australia, Ireland and Canada in that order. More than two thirds of Australia’s population is said to help a stranger in need or donate to certain causes or charities, a third of the populace on the other hand volunteers.
  • According to statistics, women are more likely to donate money to a stranger or a charity while men on the other hand are most likely to volunteer instead.
  • The most preferred philanthropic activity all over the world is related to health followed by environment and education.
  • Some countries allow tax deductions for charitable donations. The United States of America is one of them.
  • J.K. Rowling achieved billionaire status and became the first ever female billionaire novelist for her Harry Potter books but she was eventually booted off the said list after donating so much to charity. Not a bad way to drop from billions to millions right?
  • nick lesoufNick Le Souef, an Australian, once locked himself behind a glass store window together with three hundred poisonous spiders for three weeks in order to raise money and awareness for Variety,a children’s charity.
  • You’d be surprised to know that 22% of the total donations accumulated in the whole world are done during t
    he 30th and 31st of December, the last two days of the year.
  • Technology and social media has become very powerful tools in raising both awareness and funds for charity. Crowdfunding is by far one of the most commonly used methods. In terms of social media sites, Facebook is the most powerful.
  • In the United Kingdom alone, there are about 160,000 charities with a combined income from voluntary pledges, donations and investments of about £39 billion a year.