Spanish is an example when it comes to showing solidarity: 4 out of 10 people collaborate with an NGO – a community

Spanish is an example when it comes to showing solidarity: 4 out of 10 people collaborate with an NGO – a community

4 out of 10 people in Spain collaborate with a non-profit entity. In contrast to what happens in other countries, here we are more generous in emergencies and less in periodic contributions. The average donation in our country is 150 euros per year that we mainly allocate to children, the elderly, the sick and people with disabilities.

Angeles, 53, is part of the 16 million donors who collaborated in 2022, an increase of 1 million from 2021. In his case, according to COPE, he is involved in emergencies, most recently with post-earthquake Turkey, as he is with several organizations Others contribute about 30 euros per month.

Out of compassion, morality, justice and closeness – whether geographical or emotional – with a problem, Sandra, 32, also collaborates with an NGO, which also makes special contributions to children’s projects, because as she explains, “It’s at this point in life where I consider that it is absolutely necessary to try to reverse situations of vulnerability which, otherwise, could last a lifetime.”

Donor profile

“Men and women cooperate equally, and to a greater extent those who are married or have a partner and have higher education, and the average age of donors is 49,” according to COPE, director of Loyalty Foundation and Chair of the International Network of Non-Governmental Organizations Evaluators (ICFO), Ana Benavides.

They are experts in the independent assessment of management, governance, use of funds, economic condition, volunteering and transparency of NGOs that request them with the aim of obtaining the seal of quality that certifies them and engenders trust. and guarantees to those who wish to donate that the money they contribute will be used in the best possible way.

Before making a contribution, Benavides recommends looking for information about the NGO to which we want to donate and, in particular, its website where we should be able to find “beyond the attractive images, basic information such as who the device is made of from the government; that they have Full accounts published not just a summary and they should also publish an activities report so we can detail their work.”

He believes that it is important to evaluate whether or not we want to make a donation to an NGO and look for this information because “if we don’t find it, we won’t be in front of a transparent organization and it won’t be worth our efforts.”

It is better to donate periodically rather than on schedule

An organization that receives donations on a regular basis can better organize itself, says Benavides, “to put it colloquially, money is more valuable.” However, one different element of Spain is the fact that unlike in other countries in Spain, “we are very generous in times of emergency and more forgetful on a daily basis.”

“Any donation is welcome and in our country we donate somewhat less than in the rest of Europe, about 150 euros a year. There are European countries that double this amount, but it is difficult to compare because each country has different methods of measurement. They are particularly generous in Northern Europe.” , as citizens are likely to donate more regularly,” the directive confirms.

Santi, 59, admits he only makes donations when there is a disaster and is affected, as he explained to COPE, by the horror that the media reflects in images, photographs and sounds. Along with her, Sandra tells us that she helps in emergencies and periodically in projects proposed by her company.

As for Rosanna, 43, she doesn’t trust the money she contributes to those who need it. More than just economic contributions, she tells us she cooperates through volunteer work.

Lack of trust is the main reason for not donating with few resources

“One of the reasons for not donating is the economic constraints each person may have, which is completely understandable and even more so in the circumstances we are currently facing with soaring prices and job insecurity. But on the same level as this lack of resources, in an era of “news False, “the distrust of citizens,” confirms Benavides.

And despite the fact that we have more information than ever before, the level of mistrust remains high. The proof is that 6 out of 10 people in Spain still do not cooperate financially in the social and solidarity projects that are being implemented in our country and in the rest of the world.

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