Wilkinson: Your donation helps meet needs

It is year end, and the bulk of last minute donations to charities will happen today and tomorrow, with online giving being the most cost effective and ‘greenest’ way to give.

According to the Fraser Institute’s 2011 Generosity Index, people living in Manitoba are the most generous among Canadian givers.

Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island tied for second place and Quebec ranked last among the provinces and territories. Check out the report to learn where B.C. falls on the list. (

When reviewing the average dollar amount given, Albertans topped the list at $2,112. People living in Nunavut ranked second at $1,721 and British Columbians pulled the bronze medal with $1,685.

We are also reminded this week that charities are being stretched to do more with less during these tough economic times and they definitely do need and appreciate your financial gift.

Imagine Canada just released its Sector Monitor that tracks charities across our nation in terms of their ability to achieve their missions.

Key findings are based on information collected between Nov. 3 and Dec. 2, 2011. This is amazingly current data.

One out of seven charities continues experiencing high levels of organizational stress. About 50 per cent of charities reported increases in demand for products and services.

Charities were less likely to report increases in income and were more likely to report that costs of doing business have increased.

Paid staff and volunteering levels have remained the same year over year for about 67 per cent of charities.

Your generous financial donations and gifts of volunteer time are the resources necessary to enable charities to serve their clients and meet needs in our community.

It is your choice. You can give directly to a specific charity or you can give to charities through the Central Okanagan Foundation or the United Way.

Dawn Wilkinson is the coordinator for the Community Information and Volunteer Centre.



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