Where Canadians Volunteer: Volunteering by Type of Organization

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Link: http://www.givingandvolunteering.ca/pdf/reports/Where_Canadians_Volunteer.pdf
By: David Lasby, David McIver
Org: Canadian Centre for Philanthropy
Date: 2004

More than one quarter (27%) of Canadians aged 15 and over volunteered for a charitable or nonprofit organization during 2000, according to the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP). These volunteers contributed an average of 162 hours each, for a total of 1.05 billion hours. This is equivalent to approximately 549,000 full-time jobs and makes Canada’s volunteer force larger than the total labour force of most provinces. Where do Canadians volunteer? What distinguishes those who volunteer for one type of organization from those who volunteer for other types of organizations? What might these findings mean for Canadian charitable and voluntary organizations that hope to attract and retain volunteers?

This report draws on data from the 2000 NSGVP, which surveyed 14,724 Canadians aged 15 and older about their charitable giving and volunteering over the one-year period between October 1, 1999 and September 30, 2000. It begins by describing the personal and economic characteristics of Canadian volunteers. Next, it presents findings on why some Canadians volunteer, what prevents others from doing so, and how Canadians get involved as volunteers. It then turns to an analysis of Canadians who volunteered for four specific types of organization: Arts, Culture and Recreation rganizations, Social Service organizations; Religious organizations; and Education and Research organizations. In each section, we examine the characteristics of those who volunteered for this type of organization, their motivations, the barriers they faced, and how they got involved.

This report is available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (700 KB, 28 pages).