Volunteers, donors and non-profit resources

Volume: 8 Issue: 2

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In this issue: a focus on the broader non-profit sector, including reports on donors and volunteers in Canada, gender differences in charitable giving in the U.S.A., the impacts of the recession on non-profit organizations in Ontario and the economic contribution of Canada's non-profit sector.
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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Based on telephone discussions in January 2009 with 100 non-profit organizations in Ontario (including 23 cultural organizations), this report highlights key challenges and coping strategies for non-profit organizations in the current recession. The main finding of the study is that there is a "heightened sense of anxiety about funding and organizational stability, even survival, over the next two or three years".
  • 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".