Kamloops may be the most generous city in Canada — at least as donations to the GoFundMe website are concerned.
GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, has released its Year in Giving Report, which includes a list of the 10 most generous cities in Canada.
Kamloops is named as the most generous city in Canada (among communities with a population of at least 50,000), based on the number of donations per capita made to various causes on the website. The five most generous cities in Canada, based on donations per capita, are all in B.C.: Kamloops, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Nanaimo and Victoria.
Canada lands fourth in the world on the GoFundMe generosity scale, with Ireland at the top, followed by the United States and Australia.
While the Year in Giving Report does not detail how much money Kamloopsians donated to causes in 2019, it did note some noteworthy campaigns:
• $50,000 raised to help Dan McLean, who was paralyzed in a hunting accident.
• $25,000 raised to help buy supplied for teachers of Parkcrest elementary, who lost theirs in the Sept. 5 fire that destroyed the school.
• $11,000 to help Tara Bouvette, who was seriously injured when a moose collided with her vehicle near Edmonton.
• $22,000 to help Tory Jones, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an automobile accident near Vernon.
The report noted that Canadians tend to donate more on Thursdays than any other day of the week and that 834 fundraisers created this year in Canada mentioned hockey.
Since its launch in 2010, GoFundMe.com has facilitated more than 120-million donations in helping to raise more than $9 billion for various causes.