Charities

We suggest:

  • The charitable sector has a critical role to play in Canada alongside government social programs.
  • Government policy should support a flourishing charitable sector.

Supporting Research

A Canadian Culture of Generosity
Start Here
Ray Pennings, Stephen Lazarus
October 2, 2009
A Canadian Culture of Generosity: Renewing Canada's Social Architecture by Investing in the Civic Core and the "Third Sector" is a Cardus discussion paper looking at a strategic response to flagging volunteerism, philanthropy and civic participation.
A Call to Action to Support Canadian Civil Society in Response to COVID-19
Brian Dijkema, Sean Speer
March 20, 2020
Cardus is offering a clear plan of action to equip Canada’s governments to supply immediate financial support to charities in order to protect their capacity to provide crucial front-line services during and after the immediate crisis.
Vulnerable Sector Check Costs Remain a Barrier for Volunteers
Joanna DeJong VanHof
July 12, 2022
The giving of both time and resources in the form of volunteering and charitable donations is a part of the fabric of a way of life: a mark of healthy citizenship and flourishing society.

Explorations

Exit COVID: Toward What Matters Most (Two Night Virtual Event)
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
Why WE Wouldn’t Listen
Convivium
Robert Joustra
August 5, 2020
From historic military meltdowns to last week’s barbecuing of the Kielburger brothers by a Commons committee, being too nice to ask hard questions invariably risks organizational catastrophe, Robert Joustra writes.
Deciphering WE and Democracy
Convivium
Peter Stockland
July 17, 2020
What questions didn't get asked, wonders Peter Stockland, when a 36-member cabinet assessed a $900 million plan with a mega-charity linked to the Prime Minister and his family?

Media Coverage

'Staggering': Religious Organizations Create $10.3M in Ripple-Effect Benefits
Georgina Advocate
September 19, 2022
"In an age when society is 'deleting religion' from the everyday, supporting local religious organizations actually benefits the community fivefold," reports the Georgina Advocate as reporter Amanda Persico looks at the Halo Project by Cardus.  Photo by Erika Giraud on Unsplash
Police Checks Are a Financial Barrier for Many
Hamilton Spectator
July 26, 2022
"As we emerge from the pandemic, we need to start rebuilding the civic skill of charitable volunteering," writes Joanna DeJong VanHof, a Cardus researcher, in the Hamilton Spectator. "At the very least, we should be making it easier for folks to volunteer." Photo by Jem Sahagun on Unsplash
Number of Volunteers Dropping Just as Demand is Spiking, Toronto Community Groups Warn
CBC
July 20, 2022
"Affordability should never be a barrier to volunteering," Joanna DeJong VanHof, a Cardus researcher, told CBC Radio's Metro Morning. Photo by Nina Strehl on Unsplash 

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