Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Volunteers & donors

These reports provide a summary of background research and discussions at a March 2005 workshop to develop a skills strategy for paid workers in Canada’s voluntary/non-profit sector.
Statistics Canada’s Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering shows that, in 2001, the nonprofit sector represented 6.8% of Canada’s gross domestic product. This is “larger than the mining, oil and gas extraction industry, and the entire retail trade industry”.
This report summarizes data from a number of Canadian studies on the nonprofit and voluntary sector and compares the Canadian data to similar data from 36 other countries. The report finds that “Canada has one of the largest and most vibrant nonprofit and voluntary sectors in the world”.
This report, based on a representative sample of over 22,000 Canadians, provides basic information about volunteers and donors in the entire non-profit sector in 2004. The report also provides some statistics specifically related to arts and culture volunteers.
Developed as part of the Voluntary Sector Initiative, the Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering is a new and permanent feature of Canada's standard economic accounts, providing information on the economic size and scope, revenue sources, expenditures, volunteer activity, and paid labour in the nonprofit sector.
Based on an in-depth survey of 13,000 incorporated not-for-profit organizations, the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (NSNVO) provides substantial information about revenues, staffing, volunteers and problems in incorporated nonprofit organizations. Of an estimated 161,000 incorporated nonprofit organizations in Canada, 13,770 are involved in the arts and culture.
The donors report ( shows that 451,000 Canadians 15 years of age or older made direct financial donations worth about $47.9 million to arts and culture organizations in 2000. A separate report on volunteers ( shows that 351,000 Canadians 15 years of age or older volunteered for arts and culture organizations in Canada in 2000.