The giving habits of Australians and businesses.

According to research compiled by Philanthropy Australia, people are increasing the size of individual donations to charity and not-for-profits.

It’s estimated that 14.9 million Australian adults (80.8 per cent of the population) gave $12.5 billion to charities and not-for-profits organisations in 2015-16. The average donation was $764.08 and the median donation was $200. Compared with 10 years ago, a smaller proportion of Australians are giving, but they are giving larger amounts.

There are more than 3000 private ancillary funds (PAF) and public ancillary funds (PuAF) in Australia. These are two common forms of philanthropic organisations but represent only a subset of the total number of philanthropic organisations in Australia.

PAFs gave $300 million in 2014 and PuAFs gave $330 million. In the case of PAFs, for whom we have 13 years of data, the annual amount of giving has been rising, though there has been some increased volatility in recent years.

Giving by Business

Australian business may give money (66 percent of their total giving), goods (17 percent of their total giving) or services (18 percent of their total giving).

In 2015-16, businesses gave $17.5 billion, which comprised.

  • $7.7 billion in community partnerships
  • $6.2 billion in donations
  • $3.6 billion in non-commercial sponsorships

Larger businesses tend to give more than small businesses

Around one in four charities depend on giving and philanthropy for 50 percent or more of their total income. Smaller charities tend to depend on giving and philanthropy for a higher proportion of their income compared with larger charities.


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