Giving to charity grew by just 2% over the year to February 2015, down from 10% at the same time last year. Growth slowed in most age groups (except 65+), in all regions and there was significant divergence in the rate of charitable giving growth across charity categories. The slowdown in giving mirrors some key findings from our Consumer Anxiety Reports which shows that Australians are responding to heightened stress by cutting back spending on “non essentials”, including charitable donations. Slower growth in charitable donations has also occurred against a backdrop of below trend economic growth and rising unemployment.
Despite these challenges, the average donation size for all charities increased by $2 over the past year to $336 per donor, with nearly all charity sectors experiencing an increase in average donation size.
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