Donations In Germany Reach Record High Thanks To Refugees

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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Germany has never been known to be a giving country when it comes to its citizens donating towards charitable causes, but the trend may be slowly changing as Germans donated a record 5.5 billion euros in 2015, and a major factor in the increase may surprise you.

The most recent report by the German Donations Council (Deutscher Spendenrat e.V.) shows that giving increased by 579 million euros over the last year and while close to 80 percent of donations were for humanitarian causes such as disaster relief or child aid, the cause for the increase is being explained in part by the recent influx of migrants entering the country.

As the number of refugees coming into Germany increased, there is a steady increase in donations to match… something that does not follow any previous monthly trends in the years past.

More than 30 million Germans have helped refugees in some capacity, whether it was through a monetary contribution or the donation of food, clothes and their time.

Overall the increase in donations did not come from higher contribution amounts or even more of the population coming down with a giving spirit. A majority of the donations came from those who already had a habit of being charitable, and instead of donating higher amounts, most increased the number of times they donated… leading to the overall increase.

 

Source: DW
Photo: Jesús Pérez Pacheco [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
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