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The content below is mostly Canadian, and it's organized in reverse chronological order, more or less...

Federal Liberals suspend tax audits of political charities:

From Statistics Canada:

April 8, 2015
Infographic: The faces of volunteers in Canada, 2013
An infographic illustrating data on volunteering in Canada is now available. Data cover the age, sex and education level of volunteers, as well as hours volunteered and the volunteering rate.


Charities fight back, calling for clarity on rules for contributing to public policy
By Jenny Uechi
March 5, 2015
Oxfam, Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Ecojustice are among the 18 organizations that signed onto a letter pushing back against the federal government's targeting of charitable organizations through audits. (...) The letter comes on the heels of controversy over the Harper administration's "targeting" of charities that criticize government policy.

Vancouver Observer

The Public Good Letter
March 5, 2015
HTML version :
PDF version (small file) :
E-Reader (Scribd) version : Click the "Charities fight back" link above, then scroll down the page to the letter dated February 11, 2015. Use the scroll bar in the smaller screen to read the complete letter.

Related coverage
from the CBC:

Charities seek clarity on contributing to public policy debates
March 4, 2015

Charity audits causing fear, confusion
March 2, 2015

PM's charity audits look for 'bias, one-sidedness'
February 4, 2015

Dying With Dignity loses charitable status after political-activity probe
January 20, 2015

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you're now reading for much more on this topic.

From Statistics Canada:

February 17, 2015
Charitable donors, 2013
The amount of charitable donations reported by taxfilers increased in 2013 over the previous year, while the actual number of donors fell 1.0%.

- includes two tables (1. Charitable donations – Canada, provinces and territories --- 2. Charitable donations – Census metropolitan areas) and a link to CANSIM Table111-0001 to 111-0003:

Related subjects:

Income, pensions, spending and wealth

Household spending and savings

Society and community

Volunteering and donating

January 30, 2015
General Social Survey: Giving, volunteering and participating, 2013
Selected factoids:
* In 2013, 44% of Canadians volunteered their time and almost twice as many (82%) gave money to a charitable or non-profit organization.
* In 2013, volunteers devoted almost 2 billion hours to their volunteer activities, or the equivalent of about 1 million full-time jobs.
Canadians who volunteered did so for an annual average of 154 hours in 2013.
* The average annual amount per donor in 2013 was $531, up $61 from 2010.
* Overall, Canadians gave $12.8 billion to charitable or non-profit organizations in 2013, 14% higher than 2010.
* A range of charitable and non-profit organizations benefited from these donations. Of the total donated in 2013, 41% or $5.2 billion were donated to religious organizations, 13% or $1.7 billion to organizations in the health sector and 12% or $1.6 billion to social services organizations.
* The rate of volunteerism and donation varies across Canada. In 2013, the volunteer rate was highest in Saskatchewan (56%) and Manitoba (52%). Both were significantly above the national average (44%).

Report :

Volunteering and charitable giving in Canada
By Martin Turcotte
* Volunteering
* Giving to charitable or non-profit organizations
* Volunteering and giving in the provinces
* Summary
* Data sources and definitions
* References
* Notes

Stephen Harper's Canada Revenue Agency:
Selective Audits, "Political" Activity and
Right-Leaning Charities
(PDF - 246KB, 28 pages)
October 2014
This report provides evidence suggesting biased scrutiny of charities that are critical of the government by the CRA. Highlighting a pattern of claiming 0% political activity, it also raises questions about the accuracy of the filings of 10 right-leaning charities to the CRA with respect to their interpretation of the CRA’s definition of “political” activity
The mounting evidence of a politicized CRA merits the establishment of an independent inquiry into its processes to ensure transparency and fairness in its decision-making criteria around political activity audits, and to ensure such processes are not subject to political pressures or interference.

Progressive or conservative, the blunting of the ability of civil society to advocate and to engage in that most fundamental democratic right – debate and, occasionally, dissent – should concern us all.

- includes a review of the activity of the following 10 right-leaning charities with varied missions and focuses:
Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
* Canadian Constitution Foundation
* C.D. Howe Institute
* Energy Probe Research Foundation
* Fraser Institute
* Focus on the Family
* Frontier Centre for Public Policy
* Institute for Canadian Values
* Macdonald-Laurier Institute
* Montreal Economic Institute

The Broadbent Institute

GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give. Unlike charity evaluators that focus solely on financials, assessing administrative or fundraising costs, we conduct in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent.
- international, but includes some Canadian charities
CanadaHelps plays a key role in the Canadian charitable sector. We work hard to provide small and medium size charities with online tools for donating and fundraising.

Donating with CanadaHelps
Find valuable how-to information on donating to any Canadian charity, including payment options, tax receipts, security donations, anonymous giving and Charity Gift Cards.

Fundraising with CanadaHelps
It’s easy to fundraise with CanadaHelps. Find everything from tips on starting a fundraiser to information on how we issue tax receipts and disburse gifts to charities.

Update: A Petition of Academics Against the Canada Revenue Agency Audit of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
September 11, 2014
A guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia and Louis-Philippe Rochon.]
After learning that the Canada Revenue Agency is auditing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on the grounds that it allegedly engages in politically partisan, biased and one-sided research activity, a number of university professors have drawn up an open letter asking the Minister of National Revenue place a moratorium on its audits of all the various think-tanks that claim charitable status, until such time when truly neutral criteria can be implemented in the selection and conduct of fair, transparent and even-handed periodic audits. Audits should be focused on the financial management and integrity of the organization, not on the content of the research it conducts. Why single out only one such research centre that happens to be more critical of government policy?
We ... strongly urge the CRA to put a moratorium on its audits of think tanks, until such time as a truly neutral criteria and auditing process are implemented to ensure neutrality and fairness, and to ensure that the audit process does not silence dissenting voices.

Related links:

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Progressive Economics Forum

NEW from

Right-wing Fraser Institute now claims it is not right-wing
September 8, 2014
Everything you thought you knew is wrong. Up is down. Down is up. And now the right-wing Fraser Institute says it has no ideology except Truth itself. That's right. The think tank says it shouldn't be characterized as conservative because its work is "not value-based, it's driven by data." Fraser Institute president Niels Veldhuis made the comment in response to queries from the Toronto Star about whether the charity was under audit by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Veldhuis declined to say, even as the Harper government finds itself under increasing pressure to explain why dozens of charities with a track record of being critical of conservative policies find themselves the targets of political-activity audits by the CRA. One of the groups, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, is being audited in part because the research and education material on its website appears to be "biased" and "one-sided," CRA records show.

So let's focus on what Veldhuis did say about values, data and the institute, whose tagline is full of coded words to let the world (hello Koch brothers!) know where it always comes down on the issues: "A free and prosperous world through choice, markets and responsibility." To help underline the point, click the link above for four Fraser Institute graphics posted on its Facebook page (and cross-referenced with a sampling of research findings) that illustrate how data-driven its work really is.

In a nutshell:
* Regulations are bad. Always.
* Taxes are bad. Really bad.
* Freedom is good. Really good. Always really, really good.
* Polluters of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

In other words...

Up is now down.
Down is now up.
And the Fraser Institute conducts value-free, data-driven research. Got it?

Advancing progressive solutions for Canada with hard-hitting news and analysis, PressProgress cuts through the day's political spin with facts and an informed point of view. From punchy blog posts to a daily web roundup to spread news and views, PressProgress is a must-read to spur positive change.

PressProgress is a project of the
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The Canada Revenue Agency becomes an arm of the PMO
By J. Baglow
July 22, 2014
There is a salty expression that seems apt at the moment: "Don’t p*ss on me and tell me it's raining." A number of charities that have spoken out against various policies of the current Harper administration might well echo the sentiment expressed in that injunction.The Canada Revenue Agency is currently auditing several Canadian charities, sniffing around for suspect "political activity." The list of targets [ ] reads like a Who's Who of Canadian charitable institutions.
The purpose seems evident: to muzzle dissent -- nothing new, of course, for the Harper government -- and to paralyze the charitable operations of these organizations. (...) Harper has already targeted scientists, and artists, and First Nations, and trade unionists, and Elections Canada, and Statistics Canada, and the employees of the National Library, and our diplomats, and even weather forecasters.
[NOTE : Click the link above to access source information used to support each of the statements in the previous paragraph.]

Preventing poverty not a charitable tax goal, Canada Revenue Agency tells Oxfam
July 25, 2014
The Canadian Revenue Agency has told the international development agency Oxfam Canada that it cannot include "preventing poverty" as part of its mandate if it wants to keep its charitable status. Oxfam has a non-profit status and can now only "alleviate" poverty, not prevent it because preventing it may benefit people who are not poor.

According to CRA officials : "Relieving poverty is charitable, but preventing it is not."
And so, Oxfam Canada is now working to "alleviate" poverty. Not prevent it.


From Statistics Canada:

February 13, 2013
Charitable donors, 2011
Charitable donations reported by taxfilers increased 2.6% from 2010 to just under $8.5 billion in 2011. At the same time, the number of people reporting charitable donations on their 2011 income tax return decreased by 0.6% to 5.7 million. In 2011, 23.0% of all taxfilers claimed charitable donations. The highest percentage of taxfilers declaring a donation occurred in Manitoba (25.9%), followed by Saskatchewan (25.0%) and Prince Edward Island (24.9%).
- includes two tables:
Charitable donations — Canada, provinces and territories
Charitable donations — Census metropolitan areas

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth

* Household spending and savings

* Society and community

* Volunteering and donating

What If Charities Go Silent?
By Trish Hennessy (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
October 13, 2012
How fares freedom of expression in Canada? As part of Non-Speak Week, PEN Canada blogs on the health of that most fundamental of freedoms.
While you're reading this, nearly two million employees are busy trying to make our world a little bit better through their work at Canada's more than eighty thousand registered charitable organizations. Some of these organizations are household names. When natural disaster strikes, for instance, many Canadians turn to charities like the Canadian Red Cross, CARE, Oxfam, or UNICEF. Other lesser known charities reflect the full spectrum of our public priorities: education, environmental protection, health care, children's well-being, youth engagement, seniors' supports, poverty reduction, help for the homeless, and more.
What does it say about our democracy when corporations can devote endless resources lobbying to change policy in their own interest while charities that work on behalf of the public interest risk losing their voice? Put it another way: What happens to our democracy when the voices of Canada's charitable organizations, the social conscience of this country, go silent?

Huffington Post Canada

What's new from The Daily:
[Statistics Canada ]


May 4, 2012
Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010
The public use microdata file from the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating is now available. This file contains information collected from nearly 15,000 respondents aged 15 and over residing in private households in one of the provinces.

Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating: Public Use Microdata File
- Ordering information (this product is free).

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Unpaid work

Society and community

Social networks and civic participation

Volunteering and donating


April 16, 2012
Study: Volunteering in Canada, 2010
In 2010, more than 13.3 million people—accounting for 47% of Canadians aged 15 and over—did volunteer work. Overall, volunteers devoted almost 2.1 billion hours to their volunteer activities: a volume of work that is equivalent to just under 1.1 million full-time jobs. A small proportion of these volunteers (10%) accounted for 53% of all hours given to non-profit and charitable organizations.

Related articles:

Charitable giving by Canadians, 2010
PDF (170K):
By Martin Turcotte
April 16, 2012
This article examines charitable giving by Canadians, comparing information about donors and donations in 2010 and 2007. It profiles the types of organizations that received the larger amounts of donations, distinguishing between religious and other organizations. It also looks at motivations for donating and reasons for not giving more, including what may have bothered donors about how they were asked to donate. The data comes from the 2010 Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating.


Volunteering in Canada
PDF (183K):
By Mireille Vézina and Susan Crompton
April 16, 2012
This article examines volunteering in Canada: volunteer rates, number of hours volunteered and types of organizations supported. It describes key socioeconomic characteristics of volunteers, types of volunteer activities, motivations for volunteering and barriers to volunteering. The article also examines “informal volunteering”, that is, direct help provided to family, friends and neighbours. Data are from the 2010 Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

Canadian Social Trends

Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]

Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci)

Who is Charity Intelligence Canada?
November 15, 2011
Charity Intelligence Canada is a registered charity launched in 2008 to do for donors what financial analysts do for investors: provide research-based advice that helps people decide where to put their money. The services are free. Based out of a downtown condo unit, Charity Intelligence is run by two paid staff members and about 25 volunteers, including 10 Bay St. financial analysts who come in after work to crunch numbers. (...) As well as providing advice, Charity Intelligence will take your money and distribute it to one or more charities on your behalf. In 2010, it handled $442,000 in transactions for donors across the country. And no, it does not keep a cut.
Toronto Star


Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci)

Ci's Mission: To help donors make informed and intelligent giving decisions that have impact for Canadians in need. Ci is one of the only objective analysts with a national scope working for donors in Canada. Ci has been doing rigorous research and analysis on Canadian charities since 2006, analyzing over 350 Canadian charities, and re-reviewing some on an annual basis.

Top Picks for 2011 - Report (PDF - 1.9MB, 80 pages)
NOTE: This report contains the profiles of all 33 recommended charities for 2011, as well as a section that explains how Ci analyzes charities for its list of top picks. Because Ci itself is a registered charity, donors can write one cheque to Ci which will be forwarded to the Top Picks according to the donor’s instructions. For example, a donor may want to give to a few Top Picks that are of particular interest, or with one cheque support all the Top Pick Charities. (...) Furthermore, you can either have all your money go to your designated charities or, if you wish, you can provide a stipend to support Ci’s on-going research. Your money, your choice. No charge.

Top Picks for 2011 - Charity Profiles
Profiles for each of the top 33 charities recommended for 2011 (from a total of 237 charities contacted). Each profile includes:
* Mission Statement * About * Social Results * Financial Overview * Investment Highlights * History * Management * Community Needs * Funding Need * Investment Risks * Audited Financial Statements.

Here’s how we can be both smart and good
By Margaret Wente
October 28, 2011
(...) I only have a dim idea how much I give away, or what good it does. I have no idea whether it makes a difference. “As donors, it’s time for us not just to give more but to give better – to make sure our giving is going where we think it’s going,” says Kate Bahen, managing director of Charity Intelligence Canada, a Toronto-based organization that advises donors.The competition for money has created a sort of charity arms race, which pushes charities to spend more and more money in order to raise their profile and attract donations.
Globe and Mail

New from
Statistics Canada:

December 5, 2011
Charitable donors, 2010
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. Nationally, 23.4% of all taxfilers claimed charitable donations on their tax return, in line with previous years. Manitoba (26.3%) had the highest percentage declaring a donation, followed by Prince Edward Island (25.3%) and Saskatchewan (25.3%).

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth

* Household spending and savings

* Society and community

* Volunteering and donating

Volunteer Canada
Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, we have been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation.
- incl links to the following:
* About Us * Campaigns * Donate * VC News * Media * Networks * Blog

Subscribe to Volunteer Canada News

Ottawa looks at rewriting rules on charitable giving
By Bill Curry
October 28, 2011
Ottawa is conducting a sweeping overhaul of the way it finances charities and non-profit organizations, pledging a new era of accountability in which businesses and citizens shoulder more of the cost of giving.


This article is part of The Globe and Mail’s in-depth look at the evolution of philanthropy:

Globe and Mail

July 29, 2011
Canada’s Voluntary Sector and Public Policy
Symposium report
(PDF - 732K, 24 pages)
July 2011
(...) There is a range of training and support programs underway across the country that aim to improve the policy capacity of Canadian VSOs.
Taken together, they help VSOs:
- understand how governments work
- access and interpret credible evidence
- effectively communicate and collaborate
- understand the latitude permitted them under the Canada Revenue Agency’s advocacy rules.
Symposium participants lauded these programs, and argued strongly for more of them. (...)
As an important next step, symposium participants identified the need for widely available in depth case studies to demonstrate how VSOs have successfully contributed to public policy development. Max Bell Foundation and a number of partners have committed to this task, and will launch a series of such case studies in late 2011.
(...) Canada has a network of dozens of individuals and organizations from across the country who share a strong belief, rooted in evidence and experience, that VSOs can and do make important contributions to public policy in Canada, for the betterment of all Canadians.
[Excerpt from the Executive Summary, which is part of the PDF report]

Max Bell Foundation

New from
Imagine Canada:

What's the state of charities across Canada?

Sector Monitor Launch
May 13, 2010
We released our first Sector Monitor report from a new survey program designed to monitor the state of charities across the country and their ability to deliver their missions.

The first sector report:

Imagine Canada’s Sector Monitor (PDF - 870K, 16 pages)
By David Lasby and Cathy Barr
File date April 2010
* Many charities are experiencing challenges associated with the economic downturn.
* One in eight charities is experiencing high levels of stress.
* Operating charities are taking a range of actions in response to the economic downturn.
* Operating charities and foundations have different experiences.
* Charities remain confident about the future, particularly when they look further out.

Blog @ Imagine Canada
[ Imagine Canada ]
Imagine Canada is a national registered charity with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. Our cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. It is our mission to support and strengthen charities and nonprofits so they can, in turn, support the Canadians and communities they serve.

Also on the Imagine Canada website:

Programs & Services:
* Canadian Directory to Foundations & Corporations * Caring Company Program * Ethical Code Program * Standards Initiative * Risk Management * Charity Tax Tools * Nonprofit Library * Awards Programs

Research & Public Policy:
* Public Policy * Giving & Volunteering * Charities & Nonprofit Organizations * Corporate Citizenship

Imagine Canada’s Nonprofit library
"Canada’s largest online collection of charitable and non-profit sector resources on topics that relate to operating and managing charities and nonprofits."

2009 Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources (CAVR) Conference
Edmonton, May 31-June 3, 2009
Try to imagine your work or personal life without community structures in place. Thousands of nonprofit/voluntary sector organizations exist because of the magnitude of volunteer engagement - engagement needing constant tending and nurturing to sustain our enviable quality of life in Canada. Volunteerism in the 21st century has moved far beyond motherhood and apple pie – requiring educated, connected, competent leaders to recruit, retain and recognize the volunteers presently engaged and able to meet the challenges of engaging new Canadians, youth and highly skilled baby boomers as volunteers for the next decade.
Online registration

Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources
CAVR strives to promote competence and excellence in the professional administration of volunteer resources and to acknowledge the accomplishments of its members. CAVR is the only National Professional Association that offers ongoing certification in the field of volunteer resources management.

Recent release from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Social Profits (PDF - 49K, 7 pages)
Sherri Torjman
September 2008
This essay discusses the various dimensions of the social economy - a unique and burgeoning sector of the economy in which business enterprises and economic activity seek not only to generate revenue but also to advance social goals. There are hundreds of thousands of hybrid businesses, also known as social enterprises, which are taking their place on the world stage - and increasingly in stock market portfolios. They try both to generate profit and create social value. They are sometimes referred to as ‘blended value’ organizations because that is precisely what they do. This paper explores their many different forms and puts forward policy proposals to bolster social enterprises within the Canadian economy

Canada Revenue Agency launches consultations with small and rural charities [dead link]
News release
October 9, 2007
"Minister of National Revenue Gordon O'Connor today announced a series of consultations with small and rural charities. As the federal charities regulator, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to better understand the unique service needs and compliance challenges of small and rural charities.
A series of workshops will take place in October 2007 in Toronto, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Kelowna, Trois-Rivières and Moncton. A panel containing six to nine individuals from small and rural charities, chaired by the CRA, will then meet in November 2007 to develop recommendations for the Minister of National Revenue. The panel is expected to deliver its recommendations by the end of December 2007."
Canada Revenue Agency

World Volunteer Web
Volunteerism worldwide: News, views & resources

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

September 11, 2009
Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2007

Related subjects
o Labour
o Unpaid work
o Society and community
o Social networks and civic participation
o Volunteering and donating

Citizen’s Handbook : A Guide to Building Community
By Charles Dobson & Vancouver’s Citizen Committee
Updated Oct. 2003
"For grass-roots community building and development"
- includes 90+ links to info organized as follows: Community Organizing - Community Building Activities - Full Text Articles - The Citizen's Library -
Short Case Studies - Links - Vancouver Information
Vancouver Community Network

Charities Directorate
The Charities Directorate is responsible for all program activities related to the provisions of the Income Tax Act regarding registered charities, Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations (RCAAAs), Registered National Arts Service Organizations (RNASOs) and federal political parties (contributions to registered political parties or to a candidate at a federal election).

Canada Revenue Agency

Facing Current Realities: New Knowledge in the Canadian Voluntary Sector
2004 Community of Inquiry [COI] Symposium
(Third national symposium)
July 9th & 10th, 2004
Ryerson University, Toronto
"The COI Symposium is a national network of practitioners, consultants and academics committed to strengthening research capacities in the voluntary sector and sharing knowledge in a climate of mutual interdependence and inclusiveness. The COI currently has close to 300 members from voluntary organizations, academic institutions, all levels of government, independent think tanks, and private consultants.
The COI Symposium is an opportunity to bring together individuals with an interest in voluntary sector issues to share and learn from a variety of experiences and disciplines. Held over two days, the COI Symposium will showcase 15 panel papers disseminating new knowledge in the Canadian voluntary sector. These panel papers are grouped into six themes: Financial Resources Issues in the Voluntary Sector - Human Resources Issues in the Voluntary Sector - Building Sector Capacity - Partnership and Collaboration Strategies - Diversity and Values - Evaluation and Performance Assessment - Overcoming Barriers and Seizing Opportunities
Program of Events

Hosted by:
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Community of Inquiry (COI)
[ Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Network ]
Co-sponsored by:
Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development
Canadian Centre for Philanthropy

Contesting Citizenship and Civil Society in a Divided World"
ISTR Sixth International Conference

Ryerson University and York University
Toronto, Canada
July 11-14, 2004
- exchange of ideas and research findings about Civil Society, philanthropy, and the Third Sector
International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)
"...a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of philanthropy, civil society and the nonprofit sector. ISTR reflects the growing worldwide interest in Third Sector research and provides a permanent forum for international research, while at the same time building a global scholarly community in this field."

February 23, 2004
Fact Sheets - The Application of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act to Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations
Privacy Commissioner of Canada

NVO-CCP Agree to Co-Found a New Organization
[dead link removed.]
May 13, 2003
"The Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (NVO) and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (CCP) agreed to co-found a new organization 'to strengthen communities and advance social development through collective effort'. The new organization will be established by June 2004, after which the two existing organizations will be wound-up."
Related Links:
Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations
Canadian Centre for Philanthropy

Volunteerism in Canada
"Welcome to – Canada’s site for information on volunteering.
The Canadian voluntary and nonprofit sector is made up of more than 180 000 organizations, 6.5 million volunteers and 1.3 million paid staff. In Volunteerism in Canada find out the facts and trends, read the latest research, learn about national events, search the directory of organizations, find answers to your questions and more."
"ITAC Ontario partnered with the Ministry of Citizenship of the Government of Ontario to launch the Making IT Work for Volunteers initiative. We are establishing strategic online and offline components, including a knowledge network and resource library housed at The program will create opportunities for the high-tech sector and the voluntary sector to assist one another to bridge, and ultimately close, the digital divide."

GPI Atlantic - Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada
"GPI Atlantic is a non-profit research group, founded in 1997, to develop an index of sustainable development and well being - the Genuine Progress Index. The Nova Scotia GPI consists of 22 social, economic and environmental components, including: Time Use - Natural Capital - Environment/Quality - Socioeconomic issues - Income Distribution - Social Capita"

Voluntary Sector Initiative (VSI)
This Web site is an important tool in our dialogue with Canadians on the voluntary sector. The VSI is a joint initiative to strengthen the capacity of the voluntary sector and to enhance the relationship between the Sector and the Government of Canada. (...) The Voluntary Sector Initiative (VSI) is a joint undertaking between the voluntary sector
and the Government of Canada. It is a unique opportunity to focus on the voluntary sector as one of the three pillars of Canadian society, equal in importance to the public and private sectors.
- incl. links to : About the VSI - Management Structure - Reports - Speeches - Joint Tables - Related Working Groups - News - Calendar - Subscribe

Public Policy and Advocacy Toolbox
April 25, 2002
Commissioned by Canada's Voluntary Sector Initiative, this set of Web-based resources includes sections on how government makes policy, non-profit initiated policy development, knowledge and skill sets necessary for successful policy intervention, effective advocacy, and hundreds of resources on think tanks, funding sources, information sources, and much more.
-incl. links to :
Policy Making in Canada - Voluntary Sector Directed Input - Knowledge and Skills - Government Relations and the Policy Development Process - Resources
-16 public policy case studies
-50 documents for downloading
-23 Canadian foundations that fund policy development
-100 Canadian public policy institutes and lobby groups, plus dozens of American resources
-21 online advocacy resources
-138 links to general and government information
Source : Ginsler & Associates Inc.
NOTE : the Ginsler site is rich with content about the non-profit sector and homelessness and affordable housing
Free Resources - large collection of links to articles and reports about homelessness and affordable housing (incl. five links relating to resources for non-profits and charities)

Nothing left to give : Cuts to jobs and services are strangling volunteerism, just when we need it the most
"Last year was the International Year of the Volunteer, acknowledging important contributions people make to their communities. This year, cuts to jobs, services and freedoms in the public and private sectors threaten the very conditions fostering those contributions."
Source : UVic Ring("University of Victoria's commu
nity newspaper") - February 7, 2002 issue
- Go to the UVIC Ring website (you can read back issues of the Ring from 1995 to date...)
[University of Victoria]

British Columbia : Nothing left to give : Cuts to jobs and services are strangling volunteerism, just when we need it the most
"Last year was the International Year of the Volunteer, acknowledging important contributions people make to their communities. This year, cuts to jobs, services and freedoms in the public and private sectors threaten the very conditions fostering those contributions."
Source : UVic Ring("University of Victoria's community newspaper") - February 7, 2002 issue
- Go to the UVIC Ring website (you can read back issues of the Ring from 1995 to date...)

"IMPACS is a young and dynamic registered Canadian charity, filling an important niche in civil society. We work to strengthen communications between not-for-profit organizations, government and the media, both in Canada and internationally."

Let Charities Speak : Report of the Charities and Advocacy Dialogue - IMPACS (PDF file - 935K, 35 pages)
March 2002
[version française - fichier PDF, 1445KB]
IMPACS and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy are leading a national effort to fix the Revenue rules affecting the ability of charities to perform an advocacy role.
"Canada’s charities are limited in their ability to participate in public policy debate or to advocate for changes to legislation, regulations, or government policy. Activities of this kind may be deemed “political” by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA), which interprets the common law and the federal Income Tax Act and applies them to charities. The CCRA enforces a “10 Percent Rule” which forbids charities from using any more than 10 percent of their resources annually for “political activity,” which is how they categorize advocacy. This limit on charities has been recognized by many as a serious impediment to modern Canadian democracy, for it limits the voices of charities and the people they serve, very often the most vulnerable members of society."
Source: IMPACS and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy

Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador
Established in 1976 as an independent non-profit organization, the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly known as the Community Services Council is committed to strengthening and promoting the essential role that voluntary and nonprofit, community organizations play in building healthy and prosperous communities. Our vision is a prosperous and inclusive society that supports individuals, families and communities. Our mission is to encourage citizen engagement, to promote the integration of social and economic development and to provide leadership in shaping public policies.
- excellent collection of resources for the voluntary sector!

Launch of PolicyLinkNB project
Family and Community Services
Nov. 16, 2001
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- A group of voluntary organizations in New Brunswick will undertake a project that will focus on building the capacity of the voluntary sector to influence the policies that affect their organizations and the people they represent

Partnership with the Voluntary Sector - Health Canada
March 2001
Volunteers are fundamental to the social and economic landscape of Canada. This web site describes the voluntary health sector, its contribution to the health and well-being of Canadians, and explores the Health Canada's partnership with the sector. It outlines Health Canada's specific involvement with national voluntary organizations working in health.
A deceptively simple-looking home page offers you information under the following headings : Voluntary Health Sector - Benefits of Volunteering - Building Partnerships - Joint Initiatives - Knowledge Base - Beyond Health Canada - Glossary

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide (U.S.)
-incl. links to : Fundraising and Financial Sustainability - Governance - Staff Development and Organizational Capacity - Accountability and Evaluation - Volunteer Management - Communications and Marketing - Management and Leadership - Advocacy - Technology

United Nations Volunteers Page
The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) was created by the General Assembly of the United  Nations in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN  member states. It is unique within the UN family and as an international volunteer undertaking. It reports to  the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and works through UNDP's country offices around  the world.

World Volunteer Web - international site, includes National reports on the International Year of Volunteers (over 60 national reports) and Global Evaluation of the International Year of Volunteers
- incl. links to : News - Events - Initiatives - Development - Policy - Research



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