In 2010, more than 13.3 million people—accounting for 47% of Canadians aged 15 and over—did volunteer work. Top volunteers more likely to be university graduates; Sports/recreation and social services sectors get the most support; Most volunteers motivated by desire to contribute to community
The vast majority of Canadians provided either time or money to charitable and non-profit organizations in 2010. Between 2007 and 2010, the total amount of money they donated and the total number of hours they volunteered remained stable.
"Strategic planning is no longer separate, with the staff and board huddling in retreat as they plan the programmatic future, and then afterwards developing a fundraising plan to support those plans. Now donors must be included in the planning from the get-go. There can no longer be an insider group vs a donor group....they are intertwined and require constant dialog."
• Preliminary estimates indicate that Canadians claimed $8.3 billion in charitable donations in 2010, an increase of $500 million over preliminary estimates from 2009. • Preliminary estimates also indicate that just under one in four taxfilers (23.4%) claimed a donation in 2010, a modest increase from preliminary estimates of 23.1% in 2009. • Starting in 1996, changes around capital gains for charitable donations of certain types of capital goods have coincided with rapid increases in the total amounts of donations claimed. • Since 1996, increases in total donations claimed have generally significantly outpaced increases in GDP and in the median incomes of Canadians. • These large increases in total donations do not appear to be primarily driven by the contributions of typical Canadians.
"Though the bill – described by the government as a long-needed replacement for the 1917 Canada Corporations Act that governed non-profits – passed through Parliament with little controversy, some are warning in could have a major impact and risks forcing the dissolution of many small non-profits."
Who works in Canada's non-profit sector? A majority are women, with the average age of 43.4 slighly higher than the overall labour force. 7 in 10 have a post-secondary education, and it's stable -- roughly half of non-profit employees have had the same employer for more than 5 years.
"According to the fundraising industry's own information on attrition, about 50% of donors do not renew their gifts and, by the fifth year, almost 90% have stopped giving to the charities that once elicited their support."
This report looks at three aspects of Canada's "third sector":
> Charitable Giving
> Links between forms of social support
"...the vast majority of Canadians give, volunteer, and help others, although some do so much more than others. [This survey] provides a window into these activities and enables us to understand the extent and depth of these prosocial behaviours, the motivations underlying them and also allows us to track how such behaviours evolve or change over time."
According to the Globe and Mail, ”Non-profit groups will be required to ‘provide more information on their political activities, including the extent to which these are funded by foreign sources.’” The controversy centers on the government’s unhappiness with Canadian environmental groups opposed to Canada’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline through Alberta and British Columbia.
While survey findings from mid-2011 suggested increased optimism, this trend does not appear to have continued. Instead, most late 2011 results show little change from mid-2011: • The percentage of organizations under high stress has remained essentially unchanged. • The percentages of organizations reporting increased demand, difficulty fulfilling their missions and threats to their existence are also consistent with mid-2011 results. • The financial outlook, as predicted by charities, remains substantially unchanged. That said, there are some indications that financial conditions have become somewhat more challenging over the previous six months. • Charity leaders are somewhat less optimistic about being better able to carry out their missions in the near- to medium-term.
Canadian taxfilers reported making charitable donations of just under $8.3 billion in 2010, up 6.5% from 2009. At the same time, the number of donors increased 2.2% to just over 5.7 million. Data are based on income tax returns filed for 2010. <-- Different information than previous Angus-Reid survey results.
Imagine Canada is rolling out a net set of accountability standards for charities in Canada. Senior VP Cathy Barr notes: "People working in charities and nonprofits are becoming aware that the fact they are doing good isn't enough anymore."
These new standards will replace Imagine Canada's existing "Ethical Code", and they hope they will become a standard for better governance.
From this article: "One of the things this initiative will give us down the road is better [sector] knowledge to bring to decision-makers," [President and CEO Marcel] Lauzière said, alluding to a future where charities are not looked upon skeptically by citizens and legislators alike for murky reporting measures and expenditure accountability, because they will be regulated homogeneously via this program, or some outgrowth of it.
Most Canadians provided either time or money to charitable and non-profit organizations. The top 25% of donors provided 82% of total donations, and the top 25% of volunteers contributed 78% of the total unpaid work.
"How can we bridge the gap between what Canadians are looking for in volunteering today and how organizations are engaging volunteers?"
This Canadian study looked at:
> What Canadians want from a volunteer experience
> Issues finding satisfying volunteer roles
> What organizations can do to build their volunteer base
"Applying the lessons learned from this research can help bridge the gap to more meaningful volunteer engagement, and solidify volunteerism both as a fundamental value of a civil society and a true act of Canadian citizenship."