There's no doubt that we've seen a real uplift in the size and frequency of serious large philanthropic donations over the past 18 months, with three record-breaking donations to Australian higher education since February this year. Some recent reports have pointed to increases in major giving, and various reports including the Cap Gemini World Wealth report are reflecting increasing wealth in Australia
We've updated our 'Top 200' list of known donations over $1m in Australia to reflect these recent gifts
JBWere's recent report on Australian giving trends points to a recovery in giving in 2011,
but a slowing in that recovery in 2012-13.
The report notes the number of publicly announced major gifts in 2013, and suggests 'this may represent the start of a cultural shift in the way wealthy Australians give.' Click to view it here Australian Giving Trends - Recovery Confirmed, Evolution Gains Pace
QUT have published their examination of tax-deductible donations for 2010-11, which shows an increase on previous years in the number of individuals claiming for tax deductions at the $25k+ level.
The full report is available here
World Wealth Report 2013
The World Wealth Report for 2013 from Cap Gemini and RBC Wealth Management shows Australia's population of HNWIs up to 207,000 in 2012.
More information, downloads, at the Capgemini website, with some new rather funky interactive maps if you want to look at growth in numbers in Australia, Asia or globally.