8157.0 - Generosity of Australian Businesses, 2000-01  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/06/2002   
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June 27, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)

Business gave $1.4 billion to the community sector

Australia's business sector gave $1,447 million (m) to community organisations in 2000-01 according to the first comprehensive survey of business generosity released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

The most common form of business giving was money ($921m), followed by services valued at $290m, and goods provided valued at $236m.

Of the total amount given, $679m was in the form of sponsorship, $586m in donations and $182m by way of partnership arrangements between business and community organisations.

Small businesses donated the most ($251m), while large businesses were the biggest sponsors ($427m). Large businesses also contributed the highest value in business to community projects ($113m).

Activities associated with community service and welfare received the most donations ($243m), while activities associated with sport and recreation attracted the most sponsorship ($480m). Activities associated with community service and welfare benefited the most from business to community projects ($51m).

Businesses who did not undertake any giving during 2000-2001 were asked to provide reasons for their decisions. The most common reason for businesses not giving were that business resources were committed elsewhere. Other reasons provided were that the business had not considered giving and /or the business had not been approached to give.

The survey was funded by the Department of Family and Community Services via the Community Business Partnership.

More details are available in Generosity of Australian Business (cat. no. 8157.0).