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Charitable giving in Alberta Part II

Charitable giving in Alberta Part II

Posted on: 2/12/2019 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

Yesterday in The Owl, we saw how overall charitable donations in Alberta have nearly tripled over the last two decades. In 2017, the total amount pledged to charities was $1.57 billion. But the breakdown by town and city in our province reveals some interesting trends on who gives the most.

For the sixth year in a row, Lacombe wins the top honours for highest personal giving to charities. With median per donor giving at $1,000 in 2017, residents of the central Alberta community give more than twice the provincial average of $480 per donor.

Other cities well above the provincial average include Lethbridge ($700 per donor), Wood Buffalo ($600 per donor) and Wetaskiwin ($600).

Cities with the lowest giving in Alberta were Edmonton, both at $440 per person.

But Albertans in every town and community throughout the province—even if they could only give what they could manage—should feel good about how we rank compared to the national average. The median annual charitable giving in Canada in 2017 was only $300. Interestingly, two towns in Manitoba took honours for highest and lowest giving. Steinbach givers were the highest ($2,160), while those in Thompson gave the least ($80).

Charitable giving, graph​​​​​

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