This report is based on a survey completed by 1,361 Canadian charities and non-profit organizations in February, 2021.  It covers staffing, volunteering and the use of government studies and relief programs.

Survey results suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on volunteerism across the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada. The majority (64%) of organizations responding to the survey indicated that they have experienced a decrease in the number of volunteers since the beginning of the pandemic, in March, 2020.

Among those experiencing a decrease:

  • most have experienced a decrease of more than 30% of their volunteer base; and
  • one-quarter (26%)  lost more than 75% of their volunteers over the last year.

The challenge has been greater for charities than for foundations.

Published by: Charity Village and The Portage Group

Publication date: April 30, 2020

Click here to view: Human Resources Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Charities and Nonprofits Report

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