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Where Do Americans Rank in Terms of Giving?

"The United States is still very much a beacon for giving..."

Image source: Facebook/Charities Aid Foundation

Despite an economy that's been struggling for years, Americans "are giving more than ever," according to an organization that tracks charitable giving around the world.

The Charities Aid Foundation of America's "World Giving Index" ranks countries in three main categories: willingness to help a stranger, willingness to volunteer time, and amount of money residents actually donate.

Image source: Facebook/Charities Aid Foundation Image source: Facebook/Charities Aid Foundation

America tied for first place with Myanmar, and was the only country to rank in the top 10 for all three types of giving.

"Americans are giving more than ever," John Holm, senior director of business development for Charities Aid Foundation of America, told TheBlaze.

While it might stand to reason that the Great Recession and its longstanding effects would be bad news for how much and how often people give, the survey found that more Americans across all sectors are more altruistic and are doing more to help others.

"The United States is still very much a beacon for giving in this context of not just giving with money, but giving across borders. That's something that we can also open our minds to learn other ways countries are giving in their behaviors," Holm said.

See which other countries ranked among the top 20 most generous nations, according to this year's index:

Image source: Charities Aid Foundation of America Image source: Charities Aid Foundation of America

Read the foundation's full report here.

Editor's note: This post originally stated that the U.S. ranks No. 2 in the giving index, behind Myanmar. It is tied with Myanmar for first place.

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