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Insights into day-to-day Public Policy activities by Charities

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Latest results from Imagine Canada’s Sector Monitor survey about Public Policy Activities

Imagine Canada released the latest Sector Monitor report today which focuses on the public policy and political activities by charities. Survey responses indicate that most charities (67%) are involved in some form of public policy activity, including 31% involved in political activities. This is substantially more than commonly believed.

“It is encouraging to see the continued participation of charities in the public policy process at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Canadian communities are stronger when the voices of charitable leaders are added to discussion and debates aimed at creating healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities,” says Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Imagine Canada. “While the research shows that we did experience instances of an advocacy ‘chill’, the overall engagement of charities in public policy remains strong.”

Questions answered in the Sector Monitor report:

  • How many charities engage in public policy?
  • How has the advocacy chill affected charities?
  • Has engagement in public policy changed over time?
  • Why do charities engage in public policy?

Download the Sector Monitor at:  http://www.imaginecanada.ca/sector-monitor

For further reading, see Sector Monitor researcher and author David Lasby’s blog post How has the Advocacy Chill Affected Charities?


About the Sector Monitor

Since 2009, the goal of the Sector Monitor program is to provide relevant and timely information on the issues facing charities and nonprofits to the sector itself and to various sector stakeholders, including Imagine Canada members, policymakers, business leaders, the media and the Canadian public.

The Sector Monitor is made possible through funding received from The Vancouver Foundation.

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