Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Canadians are a giving bunch!

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Canadians a giving lot
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 Globe and Mail

Ottawa — Canadians continued to be generous to charities last year with donations the highest ever reported.

Statistics Canada says people who filed tax returns gave $6.9-billion to charities, up 6.3 per cent from 2003.

And the number of people giving also rose – to 5.8 million, a 3.5-per-cent increase from a year earlier.

The agency says donations increased in all provinces and territories.

For tax filers reporting charitable gifts, the median donation was $230, up from $220 in 2003.

That means that half the donors gave more than $230 and half gave less.

Among metropolitan areas, Abbotsford, B.C., reported the highest median donation at $540. Toronto was next with a median of $320, slightly ahead of Saskatoon at $310.

Across the country, about 25 per cent of people who filed tax returns claimed charitable donations. Leading the way again was Manitoba where almost 29 per cent of filers declared a donation. That was followed by Ontario at 28 per cent.

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