Philanthropy New Zealand has released Giving New Zealand 2011. The report estimates that New Zealanders gave NZ$2.67 billion to charitable and community causes in 2011, more than double the estimated amount given in the previous study, Giving New Zealand 2006. This includes giving by individuals, trusts and foundations, and business. It puts NZ giving at 1.35% of GDP, which is higher than Australia’s rate of 0.68%.
The report estimates that just over one third of total giving in NZ is from trusts and foundations, with statutory trusts providing over two thirds of this funding. Personal donations and bequests were the largest source of funding, at 58%, and business giving (excluding sponsorship) accounted for just 6% of total estimated giving. The report is quite detailed, with information about the geographic areas and the activities which attract the most support. It includes international comparisons as well as some analysis of the effects of government incentives to giving and how the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake impacted giving.
The full report can be downloaded from: http://philanthropy.org.nz/node/8305
Mar. 13, 2012
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