Lithuania is rising in the World Giving Index: this is important to the field of culture as well

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2021 08 04

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According to the recently updated World Giving Index, which shows the trends of charity and support and is published every three years by the international Charities Aid Foundation, this year Lithuania has been included among the top 100 countries that received the best evaluations.

Lithuania was ranked 142nd and 138th in this index in 2015 and 2018 respectively. In 2021, it was ranked 99th. The index is based on the respondents’ feedback about whether they helped strangers, donated money to charity or participated in volunteering during the last month.   

“Lithuania’s rapid progress in the World Giving Index shows that our country is increasingly developing the habit to donate support or participate in volunteering. The index’s criteria have been met by almost every third resident of the country – 28 percent – while three years ago there were only 19 percent of them”, Vice-Minister of Culture Vygintas Gasparavičius said.

Similarly positive trends in the public’s changing views and habits have also been demonstrated by the study conducted for the Lithuanian Council for Culture, “The Residents’ Participation in Culture and Satisfaction in Cultural Services”: the share of people who participated in sponsoring, charity, volunteering or community activities increased from 10.1 percent in 2017 to 20.9 percent in 2020.

According to the Vice-Minister of Culture, such a change is highly important to the field of culture, which has the need to diversify the received funds by also reviving the tradition of sponsorship. “For this reason, our priorities include both the development of competences of private fund-raising and the necessity to use new tools and technologies”, Gasparavičius noted. He is the head of a working group created by the Minister of Culture and dedicated to the promotion of engagement in sponsorship.

The working group analyses the possibilities for the country’s residents to contribute to the projects funded by the foundations of culture and media support by allocating a share of their personal income tax. Also, the provisions of the Law on Sponsorship are reviewed in order to achieve true efficiency and other proposals are being prepared regarding specific actions to increase the engagement of the public and business in cultural sponsorship and to reduce obstacles to engagement in cultural sponsorship.

Photo by National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania