Welcome to Steinbach, Canada’s most generous city

On average, residents of this small Manitoba city donate 4.31 per cent of their income to charity, far above the national average of 0.62 per cent. Why?

Why It Matters

Steinbach’s culture of generosity traces its roots back to the city’s Anabaptist founders, but a lot has changed since 1874 — and more will change in the years to come.

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