A quarter of Canadian volunteers expect to cut down or stop altogether, new report finds

The report from Sage Canada, an enterprise software company, surveyed more than 1,000 Canadian volunteers and donors.

Why It Matters

Canada’s volunteer ecosystem is currently suffering from a dearth of volunteers, with roughly two-thirds of volunteer-dependent organizations saying they cannot find enough support. Understanding the reasons why volunteers are quitting is crucial to reversing this trend.

Canada’s skyrocketing cost-of-living crisis is forcing many current and would-be volunteers to reconsider serving their communities, according to a report from business software company Sage. 

In a joint survey of 1,000 Canadian volunteers and donors with Leger, a major Canadian market research firm, Sage found that two-thirds are concerned about the financial health of themselves or their families. As a result, 26 per cent of respondents said they would either stop volunteering, reduce their hours, or keep volunteering yet support fewer charities. 

“While Canadians are passionate about supporting causes, the economic realities are forcing them to rethink how they are giving back,” the Sage report said. “As a result, nonprofits are at a crossroads to determine how they are cultivating ongoing relationships and fostering commitments going

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