US Ranks 5th for Generosity and Charity

Australia, N.Zealand top charity index; US 5th

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Bill Harting, left, salutes as an American flag passes by during the Dacula Memorial Day Parade on Monday. Harting, a Vietnam era Marine, stands next to his father Bill, who served in the Army during World War II.

NEW YORK (AP) - Australia and New Zealand share first place, and the United States is tied for fifth, in a first-of-its kind survey ranking 153 nations on the willingness of their citizens to donate time and money to charity.

China ranks near the bottom, barely above last-place Madagascar.

The report was released Wednesday by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation. Its overall rankings were a composite of three categories - the percentage of people who donated money, donated time and helped a stranger in the month prior to being surveyed.

Australia and New Zealand topped the index with a score of 57 percent, trailed by Canada, Ireland, the United States and Switzerland.

Several major nations were near the bottom, including India, Russia and China.

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