Australian Charity Sector Approaching Saturation Point

Australian Charities Would Befit Hugely If People Left Bequests

A new report by JBWere suggests that the charity sector in Australia is nearing saturation with one charity for every 400 people living in Australia. The sector has become increasingly crowded and the report shows that there are more than 2000 organisations seeking to raise funding for breast cancer alone. According to the report there are 56,000 registered organisations in the country.

Women give more than men

The most recent data shows that only one in three Australians donate to charity and it is estimated the average annual donation amount is about $500. This means that charities are going to have to consolidate if they wish to successfully compete for limited funding. Australian women tend to be more generous than their male counterparts and donate a greater percentage of their income when they do give to charity.

 “The number of charities has doubled in the last 20 years and, what that means is, there’s an increasing number of charities all chasing the same dollar, and that starts to put the sustainability of a number of charities at risk in the future.”  Said JBWere CEO Justin Greiner.

Charitable giving will depend on the youth

The report says the survival of philanthropy in Australia really depends on Generation-X and Y. The challenge will be to motivate a generation of younger people. The charitable sector has come a long way since 1979 says John McLeod who authored the report and adds that even in the last decade there has been significant transformation. Mr. McLeod maintains that more needs to be done and whilst there has been 30 years of continuous growth in charitable giving, overall donations seem to have plateaued following the global financial crisis.

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