Education Largest-ever philanthropy study sounds note of caution

Largest-ever philanthropy study sounds note of caution

Fewer Australians are giving to charity but those who do are giving more, according to the largest ever research into volunteering and philanthropic behaviour.

Giving Australia 2016 will establish benchmark data to measure philanthropic and business giving and provides a strong evidence base for future policy decisions to encourage charity in Australia.

The research showed that just over 80 per cent of Australians gave to charity in 2015/16, compared with 87 per cent in 2005.

Despite this, the total amount donated continued to rise. The study also showed that volunteering and corporate philanthropy are thriving.

However, lead researcher and director of Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT, Associate Professor Wendy Scaife, said compared to 2005 when the project was first run, Australia was not in a “gilded age of giving”.

“Even though it is going ahead you would have to say with a note of caution it is starting to flatline,” she said.

The study was conducted by QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy Nonprofit Studies in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs.

Giving Australia 2016 reports will be released progressively in 2017.

For more information about this significant study, click here. Story credit: QUT newsroom.

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