Last week, we found out that 54% of Europeans donate to a charitable cause at least once a year or more often. We were curious, when they do donate, what causes do people give to?

Children and health were the most popular donation causes across the board. 46% of Europeans said they donate to child-related causes followed by 29% of Europeans saying they donate to health-related causes. The next most popular cause was animal welfare with 1 in 4 Europeans saying they donate to it.

Across European countries, ranking of most popular donation causes varied. Here is a summary of noteworthy statistics:

  • 2 out of 3 people in Poland said they donate to child-related causes, by far the number one donation cause
  • 41% of Britons said they donate for health, but only 14% of Germans do
  • 1 in 4 Spanish and Italians said they donate for poverty alleviation, but only 14% of the Polish do so
  • 29% of the Spanish said they donate for disaster and humanitarian relief, the second most popular cause in the country after children
  • 1 in 4 Germans and French said they don’t donate at all, compared to only 10% in the UK and 8% in Poland.

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