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Australia’s most charitable names revealed


12 June 2021 at 8:00 am
Luke Michael
“Michael” and “Lisa” are found to be among Australia’s top givers   


Luke Michael | 12 June 2021 at 8:00 am


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Australia’s most charitable names revealed
12 June 2021 at 8:00 am

“Michael” and “Lisa” are found to be among Australia’s top givers   

What’s in a name? Well, according to new research, it could be a key indicator of just how generous a person is.  

The Funding Network Australia (TFN) has analysed data from its flagship live crowdfunding events between 2013 and 2020, and found that “Michael” topped the list of most frequent donors.

John, Andrew, Lisa and David rounded out the top five most generous names.

Top 10 most charitable names across Australia (based on donation frequency):
1. Michael
2. John
3. Andrew
4. Lisa
5. David
6. Mark
7. Peter
8. Tom
9. Chris
10. Julie

Analytics and tech consultancy Lynxx reviewed the giving data on an event and individual level for 71 TFN flagship events, which support grassroots not for profits helping people in need and raise funds for specific projects.

The data revealed that June was the biggest month for giving while March resulted in the highest average donation. New South Wales was found to be the most generous state.

Donors were also more generous during COVID-19, with the average donation increasing by 36 per cent from $1,252 in 2019 to $1,711 in 2012. 

TFN CEO Julie McDonald said she was pleased to see that Australia’s generosity persisted throughout COVID.

“Determined to keep the fundraising wheels turning at a time when not for profits needed us more than ever, we swiftly adapted to virtual events and were blown away by the continued generosity of everyday Australians,” McDonald said.

“So we say thank you to everyone – including Michael, John, Andrew and Lisa – and invite all Australians to continue supporting well-deserving Aussie not for profits making a real difference to people in need.”

Overall, TFN has helped raise more than $17.7 million for Australian NFPs through 122 live crowdfunding events since 2013.


Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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