We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2011 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  The database covers 82,000 of the 86,000 registered charities in Canada that had filed their T3010 and were processed into CRA’s Charity Listing database by November 2012.  This article provides a snapshot of the registered charity sector based on the 2011 T3010 filings.

The Canadian charity sector is a vital part of Canadian society and economy with revenue of over $212 billion and expenditures of over $205 billion.

The Sean Blumberg Transparency Project is in memory of my youngest brother Sean Blumberg.  Sean was a sweet, kind person, a great brother who helped me on a number of occasions with many tasks including the time consuming and arduous task of reviewing T3010 databases and making them into something useful.  As part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project, Blumbergs will be releasing information on the Canadian charity sector to provide a better understanding of the size, scope, complexity and challenges of the sector. 

Please review the caveats at the end about the reliability and usage of T3010 information.

Thank you to Celeste Bonas, an intern at Blumbergs, for helping with this project and to my late brother Sean for being such an inspiration.

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2011