Charitable Giving

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Charitable Giving refers to donations (both financial and tangible goods) made by residents of the Niagara Region.
Source: Charitable Giving by Canadians, April 16, 2012, Statistics Canada
Retrieved From: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11637-eng.pdf

Charitable Giving Statistics for Canada Between 2007 and 2010

  • Approximately 24 million Canadians aged 15 years and over made a financial donation to charitable or non-profit organizations
  • Total donations added to $10.6 billion
  • between 2007 and 2010 the total amount of donations by Canadians and the percentage of the population donating remained stable
  • Average annual donation was $446 per donor in 2010, which remained similar to 2007
  • Individuals who gave the most were older, had formal education and a higher household income, or attended religious meetings or services

Source: Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010, Statistics Canada
Retrieved From: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120321/dq120321a-eng.htm

Niagara Region Donation of Goods Portal
INCommunities (formerly Information Niagara) reports that 2013 was the first full year that the Niagara Region Donation of Goods Portal was available for community members to utilize. The database is an opportunity for community agencies to post their specific donation needs and allow members of the community to match what they wish to donate to these agency needs. The portal grew to include 39 specific donation opportunities in 2013 and saw these records viewed a total of 3,776 times before the end of the year.

Source: INCommunities 2013 Annual Report
Retrieved From: http://incommunities.ca/about-us/reports/

Niagara Region Seniors Services Report Referring to Charitable Giving
“Volunteer fundraising initiatives resulted in $259,424 in donations which were used to purchase equipment, supplies and services to enhance the quality of life for residents and clients” Niagara Region Report COM 07-2014. This report outlines volunteer financial support for Niagara Region Seniors Homes and Programs in 2013.

Source: Niagara Region Report to Public Health and Social Services Committee, Seniors Services 2013 Volunteer Program Achievements and Volunteer Appreciation Week Events
Retrieved From: http://www.niagararegion.ca/council/Council%20Documents/COM%2007-2014.pdf

Table 1. Donors and Donations in the St. Catharines – Niagara CMA (Census Metropolitan Area – does not include Grimsby and West Lincoln), Statistics Canada, 2014.

Donors and donations

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Number of donors

77,730

77,610

73,830

73,650

72,280

70,850

Average age of donors (years)

56

56

56

56

57

57

Average donations, donors aged 0 to 24 years (dollars)

400

490

540

530

500

500

Average donations, donors aged 25 to 34 years (dollars)

850

800

760

730

740

810

Average donations, donors aged 35 to 44 years (dollars)

1,240

1,210

1,140

1,130

1,090

1,080

Average donations, donors aged 45 to 54 years (dollars)

1,680

1,510

1,480

1,370

1,340

1,350

Average donations, donors aged 55 to 64 years (dollars)

1,580

1,400

1,450

1,470

1,520

1,420

Average donations, donors aged 65 years and over (dollars)

1,760

1,650

1,650

1,800

1,670

1,750

Total charitable donations (dollars x 1,000)

117,320

108,720

102,655

104,735

100,020

99,285

Median donations (dollars)

290

300

290

310

310

310

Median total income of donors (dollars)

45,760

46,400

47,540

47,960

48,950

50,020

75th percentile total income of donors (dollars)

69,640

70,990

71,970

73,010

75,020

76,670

Source: Summary of Charitable Donors, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA, 2008 – 2012, Statistics Canada

To see similar statistics for all of Canada, visit Summary of Charitable Donors, Canada, 2008-2012, Statistics Canada http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng&retrLang=eng&id=1110001&pattern=&csid=

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