St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and 4 other Niagara municipalities make the top donations list

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Published December 19, 2022 at 1:51 pm

On a list of the cities and towns that donate the most to charity, six Niagara municipalities cracked the Top-100 from across Canada.

When CanadaHelps, the country’s largest platform for donating and fundraising online, released its annual year-end report card last week, revealing ways Canadians have engaged in giving this year.

As of November 29, 2022, donations through CanadaHelps’ online giving channels totalled $307 million, representing an eight per cent year-over-year increase so far this year.

While the top two cities – Victoria and Langley, both of BC – were far above the others with per-capita donation rates of $73 and $60.25, Niagara Region was very well acquitted on the list of 200 cities and towns.

Grimsby, with a population of 27,314, found itself 55th on the list with 1,025 donors giving $269,398.64 for a per capita donation of $9.86.

Next up was Lincoln at 79th, whose population of 23,787 saw 467 donors giving $167,776.40 for a per capita donation rate of $7.05.

St. Catharines came in at 82nd as its population of 133,113 saw 3,067 donors giving a total of $911,098.57 for a per capita rate of $6.84.

Welland found itself at 90th with its population of 52,293 seeing 1,642 donors giving a total $312,906.55 for a per capita rate of $5.98.

Right behind was Fort Erie at 92nd as its population of 30,710 saw 356 donors give a total $180,665.49 for a per capita donation rate of $5.88.

Squeezing into the Top-100 was Niagara Falls at 99th as its population of 88,071 saw 1,881 donors shell out a total of $456,657.01 for a per capita rates of $5.19.

“We are heartened by the generous response from Canadians so far this year, however, with rising inflation and the resulting affordability crisis, charities are facing increased demand for services as well as rising costs of delivering those services,” said Jane Ricciardelli, Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO of CanadaHelps.

“With 22 percent of Canadians expecting to turn to charities in the coming months to meet their basic needs, we are calling on Canadians to give generously and support small, local charities.”

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