Headlines this year have not been kind to young men – often tagged as selfish Millennials, significantly more likely to still live with mom and dad, less likely than women to be enrolled in U.S. colleges – but a new holiday giving survey from World Vision shows that men ages 18-34 are in fact the most likely to have ever given someone a gift in the form of a charitable donation.
The World Vision survey, which is conducted annually as part of the World Vision Gift Catalog campaign, revealed that 56 percent of men ages 18-34 have given a charitable gift, versus 36 percent of older men (ages 35 and above) and 37 percent of their female counterparts in the same age group.
“Based on what we’ve seen at World Vision, young men might be more aptly coined the ‘misunderstood generation’,” said Cheryl DeBruler, Gift Catalog Specialist at World Vision. “Young adults are a huge force in what we do – whether it’s advocacy, volunteering or fundraising. Historically they’ve even led some of our campaigns against global issues like AIDS and hunger. They’re a case study of compassion in action.”
World Vision’s survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive among over 2,000 U.S. adults, also found that giving to charity makes young women happier: 65 percent of women ages 18-34 who ever donated money to charity say they feel happier in general when they give, compared to 41 percent of older women (ages 35 and above) and 44 percent of men ages 18-34.
These results come as somewhat of a surprise given American adults’ general suppositions about holiday giving: 44 percent of all adults believe older people are more likely to give to charity than younger people. And, only 7 percent believe today’s young people are more generous than previous generations.
Other findings from World Vision’s survey include:
* Nearly 9 in 10 of all U.S. adults (86 percent) say they donate money to charity.
* Regardless of religious affiliation, 42 percent say giving to charity makes them feel like a good person.
* 3 in 5 adults (61 percent) think giving to charity is a good teaching tool for children, yet only about 2 in 5 parents* who donate money to charity do so in order to teach their children about generosity (43 percent)
In its sixth year, World Vision’s Holiday Giving Survey aims to raise awareness of the state of holiday giving and prompt the public to meet the substantive needs of others.