The services figures rank the UK as the second most generous nation behind the US, followed by Canada and Germany.
The UK has donated £33.8m to charity via PayPal in the run up to Christmas, according to the digital payments platform. PayPal is collecting figures relating to all money donated to good causes since November 27 this year. This is updated regularly until the end of December and so far has found that the UK is the second most generous country after the US in terms of money raised through PayPal. Since the end of November the US has raised £359.4m ($481m), while the UK has raised £33.8m ($45.3m). The next most generous country is Canada, which has donated £22.3 ($29.9m) through PayPal, while Germany has raised £18.7m ($25m). PayPal has also revealed a survey of the giving habits of those in the UK. This found that nine out of ten intend to give the same amount or more as they did in 2018. Also more than half of the British public say they prefer to receive a charitable donation on the behalf than a present for themselves. In addition, around three quarters believe Christmas has become too commercial and a similar proportion say they would be more likely to shop at a business that is supporting a charity this Christmas.
PayPal has partnered with the Prince’s Trust in the UK, with the charity receiving 10 per cent of the value of items bought through its notonthehighstreet Christmas collection. This runs until December 21. It is also giving £1 to support UK charity Football Beyond Borders, which helps disadvantaged young footballers, for any items bought via PayPal through Nike.com or the Nike app. "It’s clear that this Christmas the nation wants to give better and support causes that we feel make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than us," said PayPal UK Communications Director Rob Skinner.