Dec 19, 2019
By Jane Brown
How much have you donated to charity this year?
A new study from the Fraser Institute reveals the amount Canadians donate to charity has hit a twenty year low and lags far behind the amount Americans give.
The study from the self described independent, non partisan Canadian public policy think-tank found fewer than one in five Canadian tax-filers claimed charitable donations on their tax return in 2017 compared with one in four Americans.
And the total amount donated by Canadians in 2017, 0.54 percent of income is the lowest amount since at least 2000. The generosity of Canadians peaked in 2006 when we gave 0.78 percent of income to registered charities.
“The holiday season is a great time to reflect on giving, and with Canadians being less generous every year, charities face greater challenges to secure resources to help those in need,” said Jake Fuss, senior policy analyst with the Fraser Institute and co-author of Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2019 Generosity Index.