November 30, 2019

What changes in the Charitable Sector have there been in the past 7 years?

I looked at some of these statistics in 2012 and have revisited them again for this Blog posting 7 years later.

  • 2012: 81,601 registered charities in Canada; 2018: 86,000 registered Canadian charities.
  • Canada’s charitable sector is still the largest in North America.
  • Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector is still the second largest in the world. The Netherlands is the largest; the United States is the 5th when related to population size.
  • Canada’s charitable sector is still a large part of the national workforce. Approximately 10 percent of working Canadian’s are employed in the charitable sector full-time, which amounts to approximately 1.4 million people.
  • The sector continues to bring in billions of dollars each year to our economy.
  • The charitable sector contributes an estimated $151 billion to Canada’s GDP each year. This is a billion dollars more than just a decade ago and is larger than the finance, gas and oil industries.
  • A small amount of charitable spending goes to administrative costs. The Goal to strive for is less than 10% percent of all charitable expenditure goes to administrative costs, including overhead and fundraising.
  • Most government funding still goes to a handful of charities. $177.2 billion in funding from the government goes to the charitable sector but most of it ($150.9 billion) goes to 1 percent of the sector made up of mainly health and education charities.
  • Canadians continue to give over $14 billion annually to charity.
  • Younger generations are not giving in the same way as previous generations their age, and the charitable sector is relying on a narrowing older population, 70 years and older. This group will age out of giving in the next ten years, meaning $4.3 billion will be in serious jeopardy of exiting the charitable system.
  • Online donations continue to be on the rise. Although overall donations have decreased by 0.5 percent from 2006 to 2015, online donations have steadily increased by 20.5 percent annually over the same period.

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Best regards,


Mitchell Ravvin, BComm, PFPC, CFRE
Professional Fundraiser
Rave Results Inc.
7436 21A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2C 0V9

Rave Results Inc. is a professional fundraising service specializing in assisting mid-size nonprofit organizations. Areas of expertise include: Donor Development, Major Gift Fundraising, Sponsorship, Planned Giving, and both Annual and Capital Campaigns.

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