Why This Matters
Charitable donations make a significant difference in the community, supporting organizations causes and values Canadians believe in and contributing to well-being. To support this giving, the Government of Canada provides income tax credits. The act of giving has also been shown to potentially increase the “psychological well-being, self-esteem or social status and reputation of donors themselves” (Turcotte, 2012, p. 18). The amount donated reflects a number of factors: “level of awareness that a need exists, feeling that one is able to make a difference, relative cost of the donation as a proportion of disposable income, strength of altruistic or pro-social values, desire for social recognition, psychological benefits related to giving, being solicited and how this is done” (Turcotte, 2012, p. 18).
Measurement and Limitations
Charitable donations measures the median amount donated by Winnipeggers each year, as captured by taxfiler data. According to Statistics Canada (2013), Charitable donor is defined as, “a taxfiler reporting a charitable donation amount on line 340 of the personal income tax form.” Charitable donation is defined as, “the allowable portion of total donations, as reported on the income tax return” (Statistics Canada, 2013).
Canada Revenue Agency, via Statistics Canada (CANSIM table 111-0001). Retrieved from http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng&retrLang=eng&id=1110001&paSer=&pattern=&stByVal=1&p1=1&p2=-1&tabMode=dataTable&csid
This data is updated annually as the data becomes available.
Statistics Canada. (2013). CANSIM Table 111-0001: Summary of charitable donors. Retrieved from http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng&retrLang=eng&id=1110001&paSer=&pattern=&stByVal=1&p1=1&p2=-1&tabMode=dataTable&csid
Turcotte, M. (2012). Charitable giving by Canadians. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11637-eng.pdf
Charitable Donations Sustainable Development Goals
16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.