Donations to international organizations saw highest increase, StatsCan says

Religious organizations received the highest total amounts of charitable donations in Canada in 2013, new figures show.

The Statistics Canada report on charitable giving in Canada, released Wednesday, also showed that donations to international organizations between 2004 and 2013 saw the highest rise, with an increase of more than 200 per cent.

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The numbers showed that organizations that promote religious beliefs and provide religious services and rituals received $5.2 billion in donations in 2013, or 41 per cent of the total donations made by donors during the year.

In total, donations that Canadians made to charitable and non-profit organizations was $12.8 billion, which was an increase of 23 per cent over 2004.

Though it didn’t crack the top 3, international organizations saw the highest increase in donations between 2004 and 2013, with a whopping 203 per cent spike.

Gifts by primary donors – the top 10 per cent of Canadians who donate the most money in a given year – accounted for 66 per cent of total donations in 2013.

Between 2004 and 2013, the total donations made by primary donors increased 30 per cent, from $6.4 billion to $8.4 billion. In comparison, contributions by other donors increased 11 per cent, to $4.4 billion, during the same period.

Health organizations ($1.7 billion) and social services organizations ($1.6 billion) followed religious groups as the highest recipients of donations.

The report also showed that in 2013, 60 per cent of Canadians donated food to charitable organizations – including food banks – while 76 per cent of Canadians donated clothing, toys, or household items to charitable and non-profit groups.


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