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Giving Australia 2016

The Department of Social Services commissioned the Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies to manage Giving Australia 2016 in partnership with the Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Social Impact and Centre for Corporate Public Affairs.

Giving Australia 2016 has collected comprehensive, up-to-date information from individuals, charitable organisations, philanthropists and businesses in Australia and provides critical information about giving and volunteering behaviours, attitudes and trends. This data collection builds on information gathered through Giving Australia 2005.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, launched the Giving Australia 2016 reports at Parliament House on 1 December 2016. Key findings show that:

  • Compared to 10 years ago:
    • Fewer people are giving more
    • More people are volunteering more hours
  • Planned giving delivers six times more donations that spontaneous giving
  • Philanthropists are most influenced by culture, family and the ability to make positive change
  • Corporate philanthropy is thriving

Research released at the launch includes:

Giving Australia 2016 reports will be released progressively in 2017. The following has been released to date:

Philanthropy and philanthropists report
The first of five research reports from Giving Australia 2016, focuses on the giving patterns of high-net-worth (HNW) and institutional givers. Findings from this report will be of particular interest to philanthropists and grant-makers, financial intermediaries including advisors and planners, and nonprofit organisations. To coincide with the release of the Philanthropy and philanthropists report two fact sheets have been published to provide further information on Structured giving vehicles and philanthropy and Charitable bequests to support the Philanthropy and philanthropists report.

Selected highlights of the report are on the news page.