The best way to understand philanthropy worldwide is, unsurprisingly, to ask a philanthropist. For the third year in a row, the BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index, based on a survey of 400 individual philanthropists worldwide, looked at the state of individual giving. Here are the 10 things you need to know:
1. Philanthropy is on the rise
The index, which measures the amount of giving, innovation in philanthropic approaches and promotion of causes and organisations, has shown an increase over the past year, as well as an overall upward trend over three years. The US scores the highest, 55.7 out of a maximum score of 100. Europe and Asia have made the most progress, with Europe and the US now practically neck and neck.