CAF Report: Brazil Giving 2019

Content Manager • 6 February 2019

      Despite the severe political discord in the country, giving has remained stable in Brazil during the last couple of years. However, there is still much to be done for Brazil to be able to catch up with the countries with a more developed philanthropic tradition, such as the UK or the US.          

      The Brazil Giving Report 2019 depicts a portrait of the behavior and thinking of Brazilian society in relation to financial donations, volunteering and civic engagement.

      Below are the key findings for individual giving in Brazil, revealed through interviewing of more than 1,000 persons:   

  • People in Brazil continue to give money at the same rate that was seen in 2017. Seven in ten (70%) have donated money in the past 12 months, either to a charity, to a church or religious organization, or by sponsoring someone.
  • The most popular causes remain the same as 2017, with around half (52%) of donors supporting religious organizations/churches.
  • The typical (median) amount donated or sponsored by those who have given in the last 12 months is 200 reais.
  • Cash donations are the most common method of giving with around two-thirds (68%) of donors having given in this way.
  • The top reasons for giving remain unchanged from 2017. Making themselves feel good is the most common reason for donating, with half citing that as a reason for giving.
  • Consistent with 2017 findings, more than half of people (53%) have volunteered in the last 12 months.
  • The majority of those surveyed perceive the impact of charities on Brazil to be positive for their local communities, Brazil as a whole, and internationally.
  • Having more money themselves is the thing most likely to encourage people to donate more time, goods or money in the coming 12 months (57%).


For more detailed information, please read the report attached.

About CAF: 

CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) is a leading international charity registered in the United Kingdom. We exist to make giving go further, so together we can transform more lives and communities around the world. We are a champion for better giving, and for over 90 years we’ve been helping donors, companies, charities and social organisations make a bigger impact.

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The views expressed in this article and the report attached are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the SDG Philanthropy Platform. The SDG Philanthropy Platform is a global initiative that connects philanthropy with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact, driving SDG delivery within national development planning. It is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, and many others.