Alberta’s charitable donations take largest decline in nation

Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that donations in the province fell by 10.7 per cent year-over-year to $1.4 billion with a median donation of $470

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Mario ToneguzziTotal donations reported by Alberta tax filers saw the largest decline in the country in 2016.

Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that donations in the province fell by 10.7 per cent year-over-year to $1.4 billion with a median donation of $470. There were 612,220 donors in 2016, a decrease of 2.6 per cent from the previous year. That represented 21.1 per cent of all tax filers.

“The decrease in total donations in Alberta for 2016 may be associated with economic factors in that province such as the decline in resource prices,” said the federal agency. “For the previous three years, Alberta had an annual increase in the dollar amounts of donations, which was close to or above the national average. Even with this decrease in 2016, Alberta still had a higher proportion of tax filers making donations than the national average (20.5 per cent). It also still had the second highest median donations at $470, compared with the national median donation of $300.”

Total donations in the Calgary census metropolitan area dropped by 15.1 per cent to $589.7 million for a median donation of $450. There were 222,560 Calgary donors in 2016, down 2.4 per cent from the previous year. That represented 22.4 per cent of all tax filers.

In Canada, total donations fell to $8.9 billion in 2016, down 2.7 per cent from 2015.

The full report can be found at https://goo.gl/kGHgVL

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.


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