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$4m donation drop, but Gladstone still digs deep

GLADSTONE'S generosity took a nosedive with donations to charities falling by almost $4 million, a report shows.

The region gave $2,739,752 to not-for-profits during the 2011-2012 financial year, down $3,940,527 on 2010-2011's $6,680,279.

The figures were revealed in the Annual Giving Australia report compiled by QUT's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and based on tax office data.

Gladstone's donations totalled $1,648,729 more than those of Rockhampton residents who gave $1,091,033.

During that year Biloela residents' donations totalled $495,207.

Centre director Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes said the significant decrease was caused by a range of factors.

"In the six-million-dollar year, it was the year of the triple whammy natural disasters," he said, in relation to the 2011 Queensland floods and other horrific natural disasters.

"It (donating) is elastic; it expands to meet the needs.

"Business and consumer confidence was down in that year (2011-12).

"It (donating) is very much dependent on whether there is a need to give and consumer confidence."

An Endeavour Foundation spokesperson said Gladstone people were generous supporters of the non-profit foundation for disability services.

"Over the years many locals have thrown their support behind appeals and fundraising events and on a comparable level to other regions," he said.

"Donations big or small, Endeavour Foundation appreciate the generous support of locals."

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