Fewer donors, but more money given to organizations from 2004 to 2013

Québec, April 12, 2017. – In 2013, 81% of Quebecers aged 15 or over made a cash donations to a charitable or non-profit organization. These donors gave an average of $265, for a total of $1.5 billion. Despite a reduction in the proportion of donors between 2004 and 2013, the total value of donations increased during this period. These findings were drawn from issue 53 of the bulletin Coup d’œil sociodémographique, published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec. This bulletin complements the charitable donation information released and is based on the data drawn from the General Social Survey – Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2013 and the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating from 2004, 2007 and 2010. Both surveys were conducted by Statistics Canada. These data include donations for which is issued an official income tax receipt.

Contributions vary by age

Estimates revealed the greater generosity of the older population. In 2013, those aged 55 or over accounted for 49% of the total donations made ($704 million). Conversely, it was observed that a smaller proportion of those aged 25 or under made a cash donation, and that the value of their donations was less than that of other age groups.

Quebeckers give generously to health and religious organizations

In 2013, 67% of Quebecers made donations to charitable health organizations (for a total of approximately $385 million). Despite this propensity, Quebecers proved more generous to religious organizations, which received more money overall (nearly $500 million). The average individual donation to a religious organization was higher than to a health organization as well.


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