Membership Program for Canada's Charities & Nonprofits
Member Profile: Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre: Great Things Happen when Everyone Belongs®!
In 1952, a group of concerned parents recognized that children with disabilities needed opportunities for inclusion. From true grassroots beginnings—a home-based “kitchen school” with six students—the group went through expansions, modifications, and even multiple name changes, to become what is now known as the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary (DDRC). A non-profit, registered, charitable organization, the DDRC serves more than 400 people living, working, and volunteering in Calgary today. Read more.
Would you like your organization to be one of our next Member Profiles, to be featured in Imagine Matters, on our blog and on our website? If so, submit your content – 2-4 paragraphs about your organization’s history, mission, reach and impact, along with a link to your website and a photo – via our submission form. Full submission guidelines are available here. Questions? Please contact Brynn Clarke, Manager of Member Services.
Who are Imagine Canada Members?
Imagine Canada members are Canadian charities and nonprofits working for the greater good of Canadian communities and communities around the world. Our members support the work and vision of Imagine Canada and receive benefits in the areas of Engagement and Networking, Education and Resources, Discounts, and Recognition. To see a list of Imagine Canada’s members please click here.
There are three categories of membership with Imagine Canada:
- Members are Canadian charities and nonprofits that support Imagine Canada's work and vision and seek to engage members of the sector.
- Sector Champions are often Canada's largest charities and nonprofits, with a national scope, that have taken on leadership roles in the sector. This is an optional membership category.
- Sector Affiliates support the work of the sector and are made up of government agencies, consultants, individuals, and international supporters.
Imagine Canada Membership Criteria
To be eligible for membership organizations must meet the following criteria:
- An organization must be a self-governing body of persons who have joined together voluntarily to take action for the benefit of the community and established themselves for purposes other than for financial gain for themselves or their members. The organization must be based in Canada.
- All registered charities are eligible.
- Those that are not a registered charity may join if the aims, objectives and methods of working are set out in a public document. The organizations that are not a registered charity must be open to all members of the community with interests relevant to the organization’s publicly stated aims. The mission and goals of the organization must be aligned with the spirit and goals of the broader charitable and nonprofit sector.
- Organizations must be properly constituted and their existence should not be time limited for a particular purpose.
- Organizations undertaking and/or affiliated to political party activity would not be eligible.
- Organizations that are for-profit businesses would not be eligible.
Imagine Canada's Board of Directors reserve the right to refuse membership to any organization it believes to be ineligible. Imagine Canada has the right to ask an organization for information about their financial situation and length of operation. The decision of the Board of Directors is final.
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