Twenty-four crore Indians donated money to charity in a typical month in 2012, more than any other people in the world, revealed the World Giving Index 2013 report. Those in the US came in second (15 crore) and the Chinese third (11 crore).
The 2012 figures were an improvement on 2011, when 16 crore Indians had dipped into their pockets.
The report, sub-titled 'A global view of giving trends' and released recently by the UK-headquartered Charities Aid Foundation, is based on surveys conducted in 135 countries during 2012.
India also led the charts in terms of the number of people volunteering. While in 2011, 10% of the Indian population had volunteered time, in 2012, the number went up to 18%, that is, 16 crore, surpassing the US which came in second with 11.5 crore.
While China topped the ranks in terms of the number of people helping strangers in a typical month (37.3 crore), India came in second, with 26 crore people extending assistance to people they didn't know.
Traditionally, India has largely believed in non-institutional giving, that is, reaching out to beneficiaries directly rather than donating to NGOs.
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