We have just released the Blumbergs' Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  This is the fifth snapshot provided by Blumbergs of the Canadian charity sector. The database covers about 84,500 of the 86,000 registered charities in Canada that had filed their T3010 for the 2014 year and were processed into CRA’s Charity Listing database by February 2016. 

The Canadian charity sector is a vital part of Canadian society and economy with revenue of over $246 billion and expenditures of about $228 billion.

Some of the highlights of the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014 include:

•           84,521 registered charities filed their T3010 in Canada out of approximately 86,000 charities

•           $246 billion in total revenue for Canadian charities and total expenditures of $228 billion.

•          Government revenue totaled $165.9 Billion including from the federal government ($6.8 Billion), provincial governments ($150 Billion) and municipal/regional governments ($9.1 billion)

•           75,821 identified themselves as active and 6,940 as inactive

•           29,641 made gifts to other charities or qualified donees during their 2014 fiscal year

•           5381 conducted activities outside of Canada and spent over $3.18 billion outside of Canada

•           187 Canadian charities received funds from CIDA/DFATD

•          2,961 identified having contractual relationships with foreign intermediaries, 1460 charities identified that employees conducted activities outside of Canada and 3022 had volunteers conducting foreign activities.

•          $1.8 Billion was received by Canadian charities from outside of Canada

•          550 identified carrying on political activities

•          although $54 million is identified in political spending, if one digs deeper into this most frequently incorrectly answered question on the T3010 then number is probably about $24.2 (we have revised the number in the snapshot)

•          the most common method of political activity is staff using the website or social media. (see the new schedule 7 with information on political activities)

•          39,649 identified having employment expenses while 44,064 did not have any employment expenses

•          although the raw numbers suggest 2,065,460 full time employees and 1,952,178 part-time employees we have scrutinized and revised the number in  the snapshot to 1,357,936 full time employees and 1,230,522 part-time employees

•           $134 Billion was spent by Canadian charities on salaries and other compensation expenditures

•           $15.7 Billion in official donation receipts were issued by Canadian registered charities

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.

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 has been releasing  information on the Canadian charity sector to provide a better understanding of the size, scope, complexity and challenges of the sector. 

Non-profits and registered charities in Canada can provide copies of the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014 online or in paper format as long as the full snapshot is provided.