We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2011 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  We provided an overview of the whole charity sector in the Blumbergs’ Charity Sector Snapshot 2011.  We have taken a subset of the 2011 T3010 data to look at only registered charities based in Ontario.  This article provides a snapshot of the registered charity sector in Ontario based on the 2011 T3010 filings.  Here is a PDF of the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2011.

Some of the highlights of the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2011. include:

30,092 registered charities in Ontario
10,319 of the registered charities listed websites
26,736 identified themselves as active and 2,619 as inactive
11, 837 made gifts to other charities or qualified donees during their 2011 fiscal year
$86 billion in total revenue for Ontario charities and total expenditures of $84 billion.
2,398 conducted activities outside of Canada and spent about $2.1 billion outside of Canada
127 Ontario charities received funds from CIDA
1235 identified having contractual relationships with foreign intermediaries, 570 Ontario charities identified that employees conducted activities outside of Canada and 1,175 had volunteers conducting activities.
181 identified carrying on political activities
13,376 identified having employment expenses while 16,274 did not have any employment expenses
669,368 full time employees and 612,482 part-time employees
$46 Billion was spent by Ontario charities on salaries and other compensation expenditures
$6.8 Billion in official donation receipts were issued by Ontario charities

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.