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Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2009 Generosity Index

Type: Research Studies
Date Published: December 14, 2009
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Non-Profit Studies
Interest in the charitable sector is heightened each year as the holiday season approaches. Charities depend on the generosity of thousands of ordinary citizens who give privately from their own funds to enhance the quality of life in their communities and beyond. The Fraser Institute's annual Generosity Index measures this private monetary generosity using readily available data on the extent and depth of charitable donations, as recorded on personal income tax returns in Canada and the United States. As it has done in previous years, the 2009 index reveals a substantial generosity gap between the two countries.
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