Guide to Giving
Imagine Canada's Guide to Giving
Answers questions many donors have about giving to charity.
The Guide to Giving is a free four page guide produced by Imagine Canada to address some of the most common questions put forward by Canadian donors.
“Canadians need access to good information about Canada’s charities, especially at this time of the year when our thoughts turn to collective goodwill and when several charities are in the midst of holiday giving campaigns. It is our hope that this Guide to Giving will help Canadians make their donation decisions,” -- Marcel Lauzière, President & CEO of Imagine Canada.
Download the Guide to Giving (1.58MB PDF)
Did you know that there are 161,000 nonprofilts and charities in Canada?
Did you know that Canada’s nonprofit and voluntary sector is the 2nd largest in the world?
The sector represents $79.1 billion or 7.8% of the gross domestic product
The sector is larger than automotive and manufacturing. It generates $112 billion in revenues and employs 2 million people
Canadians donated $10 billion in 2007
Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have the highest donor rates.
Canadians volunteered 2.1 billion hours in 2007
Young Canadians aged 15 to 24 are more likely to volunteer than Canadians in any other age group
One percent of nonprofits command 60% of all revenues flowing to the sector
Canadians with the lowest household incomes give a greater percentage of their income than others
Saskatchewan has the highest volunteer rate in the country, followed by the Northwest Territories and the Yukon
Those exposed to giving and volunteering activities early in life are more likely to continue those behaviours as adults