Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Volunteers & donors

Some of the key findings of this report include:

  • 759,000 cultural donors gave a total of about $101 million to arts and culture organizations in 2007.
  • The donations to arts and culture organizations represent 1.0% of financial donations to all types of non-profit organizations in Canada.
  • The 759,000 donors to arts and culture organizations comprise 3.3% of all Canadian donors.
  • Among the 11 types of non-profit organizations covered by the survey, arts and culture organizations rank ninth with regard to the overall number of donors.
  • Average donations to arts and cultural organizations are relatively high.

Based on a national telephone survey of 3,863 Canadians aged 18 or older, this report finds that "charities continue to enjoy high levels of trust, but need to be better at telling their story". Arts charities are trusted by only 63% of Canadians, higher only than international development organizations (59%). Across the country, arts charities receive the highest levels of trust in the Atlantic provinces (all four above the Canadian average) and the lowest levels in Saskatchewan (58%) and Quebec (59%).

Statistics Canada's Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering provides information on the economic size and scope of the non-profit sector in 2005. The non-profit sector "exceeded the value added of the entire retail trade industry, and came close to the value added of the mining, oil and gas extraction industry".

Based on an online survey of 1,003 American men and women who donated at least $1,000 to charitable organizations in 2007, this report finds that women play a strong role in charitable donation decisions.

Highlights from the 2007 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating
This report, based on a representative sample of 20,500 Canadians, provides basic information about volunteers and donors in the entire non-profit sector in 2007. The report also provides some statistics specifically related to arts and culture volunteers in 2007, which obviously pre-dates the current recessionary environment.
Results of a National Survey
Based on a survey of 990 businesses in the fall of 2005, supplemented by two focus group sessions and 22 interviews, this report provides information about the types of organizations supported by employee volunteering, business benefits and challenges related to employee volunteering, the number of businesses that support employee volunteering, and how this support is provided.
This presentation, conducted by Kelly Hill and presented by Culture Montreal, provides a portrait of individual participation in arts and culture organizations. After outlining key data on volunteers and donors from recent Hill Strategies Research reports, the presentation provides insights in the motivations and perceptions of volunteers and donors.
Canadian arts and culture organizations rely on volunteers to fulfill many roles. This report from Hill Strategies Research shows that about 729,000 Canadians 15 or older, or 2.8% of the population in this age range, contributed volunteer labour to arts and culture organizations in 2004. The 729,000 volunteers contributed a total of 88 million hours to arts and culture organizations in 2004, equivalent to about 46,000 full-time, full-year jobs and valued at about $1.1 billion.
This Montreal report on business support for culture, based on interviews with representatives of 50 companies and an online survey completed by 210 business people, finds that the primary motivations for business sponsorships include enhancing the company’s image and reputation, contributing to the quality of life in the community, and contributing to the economic vitality of the community. For business donations, culture’s contribution to the quality of life was the main motivation.
Over the last few years, many cultural organizations have been raising funds. This report from Hill Strategies Research shows that 732,000 Canadians 15 years of age or older made financial donations worth a total of $188 million to arts and culture organizations in 2004. This represents a record level of donations by individuals to arts and culture organizations – much higher than amounts captured in surveys conducted in 2000 and 1997.