Donations increase as number of people giving drops

Australians donated and claimed $3.75 billion as tax deductible donations in 2017-18 (Bigstock)

Australians might have upped their charitable giving by $265 million between 2016 and 2018, but the number of people giving is continuing to drop, new data shows. Source: Pro Bono News.

The analysis, published by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at Queensland University of Technology, found the total amount donated and claimed as tax deductible donations in 2017-18 was $3.75 billion, up from $3.48 billion in 2016-17.

The average gift size also jumped by nearly 10 per cent, going from $770 in 2016-17 to $845 in 2017-18.

New South Wales once again topped the charts as the most generous state, where around 1.4 million taxpayers claimed tax-deductible donations amounting to $1.34 billion. Victoria came in second, with taxpayers claiming $1.03 billion in donations, and Western Australia rounded out the top three, claiming a total of $634 million in deductible gifts.

But one area that saw a decrease was the percentage of Australians making deductible gifts. This figure has fallen every year since 2011-12, and the 2017 financial year was no different, falling to 31 per cent.

ACPNS director Wendy Scaife said this steady trend of less people donating more money was something charities needed to keep an eye on, particularly as the sector faced financial hardship and uncertainty during the pandemic.


Fewer Aussies give more to charities (By Maggie Coggan, Pro Bono News)

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