Charities in Canada

There are more than 87,000 registered charities in Canada. These charities are registered by the federal government under four “pillars” of charitable activity: relief of poverty, advancement of education, advancement of religion, and other purposes of benefit to the community. Only registered charities can issue a tax receipt for a donation.

Every registered charity is required to submit an annual information return (T3010). Researchers are actively involved in analyzing this data to better understand the challenges and trends among charities.

Student Research Project: Face to Face: An Exploration of Website Identity in the Charitable Sector
Author: Sajda Kanji, 2014
As the charitable sector in Canada continues to grow, so does the scrutiny of charities by the media, public officials, and the general public. Sajda Kanji, the 2013-2014 Student Research Intern at the Institute chose to explore how charities in Canada portray themselves on their web sites across a number of important variables, including program and impact statements. This is a "must read" for any charity that wants to assess and improve their internet presence.

Student Research Project: e-Giving in Canada: Donation Trends in the 21st century
Author: Kim Warnke, 2011
This report is the first profile of e-giving in Canada.  Drawing on data from both Canada Helps and the Mobile Giving Foundation, the report provides a comprehensive profile of trends and implications. The analysis draws on the International Classification of Nonprofit Organizations to establish a baseline for potential comparisons across countries.

Working Paper: Small Charities: An Analysis of Change in Fundraising Activities
Authors: François Brouard, Leighann Neilson and Anahit Armenakyan, 2012   

Working Paper: Fundraising Methods: Past, Present, Future
Authors: François Brouard, Leighann Neilson and Anahit, 2012

Working Paper: There Is No Accounting for Landscape – Capturing the Demographics of Canadian Registered Charities (2002-2008)
Author: Cliff Spyker, 2011