We Aren’t as Generous As We Used to Be
Prince George, B.C. – While it may be the season to give and share, fewer B.C residents are donating to charity.
The latest research by the Fraser Institute, indicates that for the 2014 taxation year, British Columbians rank 7th among the provinces when it comes to the percentage of tax filers who donated to charity. 20.3% of British Columbians donated to charity that year, compared to 24.8 Manitobans.
And while one in five B.C. residents donated to charity in 2014, that’s down from the 23.5% who made donations in 2004, and a slip from the 21.1% who made donations in 2009.
B.C. wasn’t the only jurisdiction to see a decline in donating to charity, as the numbers have slipped in every province in the country over the same 10 year period.
The research also shows that while fewer B.C. residents donate to charity, they donate more than folks in most other provinces. The average annual charitable donation from a B.C. residents was just over $2 thousand dollars, second only to Albertans who donated, on average, just over $2,400 dollars.
Yet, ( with the exception of PEI) nation wide, the amounts being donated are also slipping. In 2004, the average percent of income donated to charity in Canada was 0.72, and in 2014 it had dropped to 0.56.
The Fraser Institute says that as the number of people and the amounts donated slip, the ability of charities to improve the quality of life in their communities and beyond is undoubtedly limited.