Two-thirds of donations to non-profit organizations made by top 10% of donors

Québec, June 6, 2017. – In 2013, in Québec, primary donors—the 10% of donors who gave the most money—were those who donated at least $500. Primary donors gave $1,700 on average per year and were responsible for two-thirds of the $1.45 billion given in 2013 to charitable or other non-profit organizations. These results come from the study Regards sur les plus grands donateurs du Québec published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec in the bulletin Données sociodémographiques en bref.

Compared with Québec donors overall, primary donors were more likely to be 55 years of age or older (50% vs. 36%), to have been born outside Canada (25% vs. 14%), to be university-educated (52% vs. 26%), and to have individual incomes totalling at least $80,000 (27% vs. 9%). They were also more likely to participate in religious activities on a weekly basis (34% vs. 12%) and to volunteer (50% c. 34%). In addition, primary donors distinguished themselves from other donors by giving a larger share of their donations to religious organizations (42% vs. 34%) and tended to donate to organizations working in various fields of activity.


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