Men not as charitable as women, report claims

Are you involved in supporting a good cause?


People line up to give blood at a mobile donation station set up because of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, United States, October 2, 2015. Image: Reuters

Almost half of men in the UK do not support a good cause or get involved in social action in a typical month, according to research.

A study by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has found men are continuing to lag behind women when it comes to charity work.

Three in five women (60%) got involved in some form of charitable behaviour in a typical month in 2015, compared with 52% of men, its research found.

The report estimates that British people donated a total of £9.6 billion to charity in 2015 -slightly down on the £10.1 billion total estimated for 2014.

While this apparent decrease could possibly be an early indication that charitable giving is on a declining path, the CAF has said only future reports will be able to show whether it is the start of a real trend.

The most popular way for people in the UK to support a charity was donating money, followed by donating goods and sponsoring someone.

The CAF's report, titled UK Giving, also found that:

  • Age: Nearly half (44%) of people aged over-65 had given money to charity in the past month, compared with a fifth (23%) of people aged 16-24.
  • Causes: Children’s charities were the most widely supported (30%), followed by medical research (29%) and animals (22%).
  • Typical donations: £14 is the median average charitable donation.
  • Charity shops: Almost half of Britons have donated goods in the past year (46%) with one in five (20%) doing so in a typical month.
  • Volunteering: One in seven people (13%) volunteered for a charity in 2015.
  • Sponsoring: One in three of us (32%) sponsored someone for charity in 2015. Women are more likely to be sponsors but give smaller amounts (£11.38) than men (£15.13) on average.

Two volunteers from the social work community "Friends of the World" help to shave a homeless man's beard in San Jose, Costa Rica February 24, 2016. Image: Reuters

While young people are least likely to give money, they are the most likely to give their time for free, with 19% of people aged 16 to 24 having done so. By comparison, one in ten (11%) people aged 65 or over volunteered for a charity.

It also found that four in five (79%) people in the UK got involved in at least one form of charitable action in 2015.

CAF chief executive John Low said: "The UK is a nation of fundraisers and charity shop lovers with a great tradition of being among the most generous countries in the world.

"In 2015, four out of every five people did something to support a good cause. This huge support is crucial to the work charities do to improve people's lives both at home and across the world.

"While we should rightly be proud of this track record, many of us will be a little disappointed to see that men are still struggling to keep up with women when it comes to acts of generosity."

The UK Giving report surveyed more than 4,100 people aged 16 and over across the UK.

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