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."