ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new survey
released by the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) finds
that the vast majority of Americans are compassionate when it comes to
helping others in need. Researchers found that 87 percent of Americans 18
years of age or older have donated to charities or causes, while 60 percent
of those have donated specifically towards disaster relief or a particular
cause. The survey found that women were generally more compassionate than
men, with 91 percent of women donating to charities as compared to 83
percent of men.
The survey, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation's CARAVAN
Services and commissioned by CIDI, reached 1,002 adults 18 years of age or
older who were questioned specifically about their charitable giving habits
as related to international disasters. The overwhelming majority of
respondents, 76 percent, who donated to international disaster relief gave
cash most often. 50 percent of Americans cited that monetary donations were
more effective than donating goods.
The survey was conducted at a crucial time when television and print
news is almost saturated with haunting images and scenes of devastation
from various natural and humanitarian disasters. This past year alone, the
American public has witnessed countless global tragedies including the
China earthquake, the Myanmar cyclone and most recently, the strife between
Georgia and Russia that has left tens of thousands of civilians displaced
and seeking refuge.
"The findings of this survey confirm that Americans have good
intentions when it comes to assisting international disaster victims and
that many Americans are making the best choice by giving cash donations.
Our program strives to promote that cash is best to support international
disaster relief and I'm happy to learn that Americans are listening," said
Suzanne H. Brooks, Director of CIDI.
The survey further found that Americans who have traveled overseas are
more likely to donate cash to international disaster relief, as compared to
those Americans that have not traveled abroad. Overall, 58 percent of
Americans who have traveled outside of the U.S. are likely to donate cash
to relief efforts in one of the regions they have visited if a disaster
occurred there. Young respondents, ages 18-34 years, were even more likely
to donate to an international region where they had visited, with 69
percent of respondents stating they were likely to give cash to relief
efforts, as compared to 54 percent of respondents ages 35 years or older
who have traveled outside of the U.S.
The survey found many interesting nuances to disaster donation
behavior, including that online resources have yet to be maximized for
charitable efforts. The survey results will be shared with the disaster
relief community, to help better understand charitable givers.
"It was important for us as a program that serves as a resource for
international aid experts to gauge who is giving, why they give and what
they choose to give," Brooks adds. "With these research findings, we can
assess how to educate the public on appropriate international disaster
relief strategically and more effectively. This survey proves that women
are the most generous charitable donators, which we had anecdotally
believed due to both their compassion and budget responsibilities. Now we
see this is also because of their relationships and travel experience."
The survey was conducted via telephone polling by Opinion Research
Corporation's CARAVAN Services on behalf of CIDI. A national probability
sample of 1,002 adults were polled during the period July 25-28, 2008. For
more information about CIDI, please visit www.cidi.org. Additional survey
information can be received by contacting Kate Houston at 202-944-5168.
CIDI is based in Arlington, Virginia, and was created in 1988. The
Center is funded by the United States Agency for International
Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. CIDI provides
individuals, groups, embassies and corporations with information and
guidance in support of appropriate international disaster relief efforts.
CIDI works with a variety of partners to channel the public's energy and
desire to help to achieve maximum impact. By reaching out to the American
public and the private sector, CIDI helps to promote activities and
donations that will do the most good for disaster victims around the world.
For more information about CIDI and helping international victims, please
SOURCE Center for International Disaster Information