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Charities losing $180m a year to gender pay gap

Australian charities could be receiving $180 million more in donations each year if the gender pay gap was to close, according to a new report on trends in philanthropy.

Women donate 0.39% their income to charity every year while men donate 0.34%, according to Koda Capital's snapshot of Australian giving.

While the difference looks small, Aussie women are donating more than men from their salaries that are 15% less than what men make.

This could be a difference of $180 million in charitable donations each year, says Koda Capital's head of philanthropy and social capital David Knowles.

"That would mean an organisation like The Fred Hollows Foundation could restore sight to seven million more cataract sufferers or World Vision could sponsor an extra 3.75 million children a year," Knowles said.

Women spend more time volunteering and are more likely to participate in workplace giving than men, the report found.

About 3000 new charities join the sector each year but Australians are giving less than before.

"The sobering fact is Australian taxpayers spend five times more on alcohol than they claim in charitable donations," Koda Capital said in a statement.

Australians claimed back $3.1 billion in tax deductions for charity donations - down 7.2%. Also only a third of people who donate claim a tax refund. And if they do, it is less than 1% of their income.

The charity sector's expenditure has grown faster than the revenue, with charities spending roughly 11.6% more than 2015. More than half of their spending is employee costs.

Telephone fundraising was found to be pesky but effective. The report found 78% disliked being asked for money on the phone, yet 24% give when asked.

Lastly, efficiency of workplace giving dropped, 4.7% people take advantage of it down from 4.9%.

Read more: AustralianKoda CapitalphilanthropyAustraliansDavid KnowlesFred Hollows FoundationWorld Vision
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