Milton one of top 20 most generous communities in Canada

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Published December 5, 2023 at 11:38 am

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Milton has been ranked the 17th most generous community in Canada - Photo by Hozombel at the English Wikipedia

It appears that Milton residents feel generous all year round and not just during the holiday season.  

Today, the well-known fundraising platform GoFundMe announced that the Halton Region town is the 17th most generous community in Canada for 2023. 

It’s also the seventh most generous community in Ontario. 

According to GoFundMe, the list of Canada’s most generous communities was compiled by measuring the number of donations per capita made through the GoFundMe platform in 2023. The fundraising platform says it recorded over 8,000 donations from Milton residents this year. 

“With a population of almost 133,000, that results in a per capita donation rate of 6.15 per cent,” a GoFundMe spokesperson said in a statement. 

“This community has truly exemplified GoFundMe’s core values of giving back and spreading goodwill in 2023.” 

Other towns and cities that cracked the top 20 include: 

  1. Victoria, British Columbia  
  2.  North Vancouver, British Columbia
  3.  Vancouver, British Columbia
  4.  Prince George, British Columbia
  5.  Kelowna, British Columbia
  6.  Nanaimo, British Columbia
  7.  New Westminster, British Columbia
  8.  Brampton, Ontario
  9.  Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  10.   Thunder Bay, Ontario  
  11.   Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  12.   Kitchener, Ontario
  13.   Peterborough, Ontario
  14.   Guelph, Ontario
  15.   St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  16.   Toronto, Ontario
  17.   Milton, Ontario
  18.   Whitby, Ontario
  19.   Barrie, Ontario
  20.   Fredericton, New Brunswick

GoFundMe says that despite a difficult financial year for many Canadians who struggled to cope with inflation and increasing costs, two million donations were made to various campaigns. Over the past year, Canadians have donated to those needing health care help, local businesses and community development projects. 

This compares to almost 1.86 million donations over the same period in 2022–a 7.3 per cent increase. 

“Canadians came together in 2023 to support one another in times of need,” said Ved Khan, senior corporate affairs manager for GoFundMe’s Canadian operations. 

“Whether it’s helping a neighbour rebuild their home, contributing to a medical fundraiser, or supporting an important local organization, Canadians exemplified the meaning of giving. Their unwavering commitment to supporting one another has not only defined 2023 but has set the gold standard for what it means to be a compassionate community.”

As for which campaign made the biggest splash, GoFundMe says Jen Stephen and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Players’ Association’s campaign to support musicians after the organization declared bankruptcy raised over $455,000. 

The money was raised to help the musicians cover expenses and, hopefully, resurrect the orchestra. 

Canada’s most generous community was Victoria, B.C., where over 26,000 donations were made in 2023. With a population of almost 92,000, that results in a per capita donation rate of 28.62 per cent–or over one in four Victorians.

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