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Fraser Institute Generosity Index 2000

December 27, 2000

More Americans than ever are giving money to charity and the size of those donations is growing, according to an annual generosity index compiled by Canada's Fraser Institute.

The index was based on such things as the percentage of taxpayers who donate to charities, and the size of those donations.

  • The study found that Americans donate to charity an average of $2,967.
  • Interestingly, the study found little difference between Canadians and Americans in terms of the percentage who donate: 26.6 percent of American (itemized) taxpayers donated to charities, as did 26.4 percent of Canadian taxpayers.
  • However, while the percentage of Americans who made donations rose 2.1 percent overall, the percentage of Canadians making donations declined 4.9 percent -- continuing a trend seen throughout the 1990s.

Another major difference between the U.S. and Canada:

  • Americans allotted 2.9 percent of after-tax income to charities in 1997 while Canadians donated 1.1 percent.
  • But while the proportion of taxpayers who donate to charities is declining in Canada, the percentage of their income the Canadian donors contribute has consistently increased.

Source: Jason Clemens and Johanna Francis, "Canadian & American Monetary Generosity," Fraser Forum, December 2000, Fraser Institute, 4th Floor - 1770 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. V6J 3G7, (604) 688-0221.


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