The report, released today, says that Australians’ tax-deductible giving has doubled to $2.21 billion in the last eight years.
The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) produced the report, which also found that ACT residents donate on average 0.43% of their income, leading the county in the proportion of income donated to charities. The national average is 0.35%.
ACPNS director Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes believes the increase is due to the natural disasters that have devastated Queensland.
“The devastation of the Queensland floods and cyclone Oswald prompted a lot more people to give – another 390,000 people claimed tax deductions for donations”, Professor McGregor Lowndes says.
The report also found that women give a greater proportion of their income than men, and that workplace giving programs are using more sophisticated fund-raising techniques.
A copy of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies’ Giving Australia report is available here and contains analysis of tax-deductible giving by postcode, gender, state, and occupation.
Words: Andrew Nardi