New research shows Canadian seniors volunteer more time and money than any other age group
Canadian seniors are leaders when it comes to giving both time and money to the causes that matter most to them according to The Revera Report on Aging: Living a Life of Purpose, the 8th report on aging and ageism released today by Revera. Revera’s report celebrates the contributions seniors continue to make in Canadian society and demonstrates that Canadians over the age of 65 volunteer more hours and donate more money to the causes that are important to them than any other age group. Survey highlights include:
- Canadians over the age of 65 contributed 42% of all donations, equaling more than $4 billion, with an average donation of $2,500 according to Statistics Canada. This exceeds the national average by 40%.
- Nine in ten Canadian seniors say they do something to support the charities or causes that are important to them. In fact, 82% say they donate money and more than one third (37%) volunteer their time.
- Volunteers over the age of 65 contribute on average 214 volunteer hours annually, well above the national average of 154 hours per volunteer and they are more likely to be considered a “top volunteer.” Top volunteers are those who are in the top 25% in terms of hours volunteered.
- Eighty-nine percent of Canadian seniors believe they can play a significant role in working towards solutions to the issues affecting the world and a further 87% agree they are hopeful future generations will make the world a better place.
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