Canadians contributed 0.53 per cent of their household income to registered charities, down from 0.72 per cent.
Private charities generally spend money more wisely and effectively than governments.
Approximately 72,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians made charitable contributions, down from 85,600 in 2008.
Among residents who donated, the average annual contribution equalled only 0.45 per cent of their household income.
The rapid decline in giving means charities are increasingly strapped for resources.
We should support the efficient use of charitable dollars.
Ontario recorded the largest decrease in the percentage of household income donated over the decade.