Individual donations on the rise: AIHW Charity & Philanthropy Report


The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on charity and philanthropy shows charitable donations by individual are on the rise.

Released on 20 August 2021 and covering figures for the 2018-19 financial year, the report found donations claimed by individual tax payers to a charity had risen by just over 1% to $3.9 billion.

These figures do not yet include donations to recent disasters such as the bushfires in late 2019 and early 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other report highlights include;

  •  In 2018–19, there were about 201,200 donations made through workplace giving, which resulted in $43 million in employee donations
  •  Public and private ancillary funds distributed $400 million and $560 million to charities, respectively, in 2018–19
  • In 2015–16, Australian businesses gave $17.5 billion
  • In December 2020, there were approximately 58,600 registered charities in Australia, with donations claimable against tax to around 2 in 5 of these

View the full report summary and download a copy on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website,


AIHW report charitable philanthropic donations


2021 AIHW Philanthropic and charitable donations report