BERLIN, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) — Germans donated around 5.4 billion euros (6.6 billion U.S. dollars) last year, a 5.1 percent increase year-on-year, according to an annual study published by the German Donations Council on Tuesday.
This development “significantly exceeded even the optimistic forecast” of a 1.6 percent growth for 2020 and was the second-best result since 2005 when the study by market research institute GfK was launched, the Council noted.
Willingness to donate “developed in parallel” with the COVID-19 infection figures and lockdown measures in Germany, according to the Council. The strongest increases were recorded during the first lockdown in spring, with a double-digit increase in March, and the second lockdown in late fall and winter.
Even December, “traditionally the month with the highest number of donations” in Germany, was not exempt from the overall development as donations continued to grow by 18 percent year-on-year, the study showed.
The main share of donations in Germany, 75.6 percent, continued to be made to humanitarian aid causes, which increased slightly compared with the previous year, the study found. Donations for emergency and disaster relief recorded the highest percentage growth, increasing its share to almost 18 percent. Enditem