How to recruit more volunteers in 2024: Insights from leaders across Canada

Why It Matters

Non-profit organizations have experienced a sharp dropoff in volunteer recruitment since COVID-19. During a period of rapidly rising costs, this means both fewer dollars and volunteers for charity groups.

The last national survey of Canadian non-profits and voluntary organizations was 20 years ago. Why has this information been missing?

Why It Matters

Despite the current government encouraging evidence-based policymaking, non-profit and voluntary organizations were last surveyed nationally in 2003. Without robust, up-to-date information on the state of the sector, funding outcomes, staffing and community impact, non-profits can’t gather the evidence or data required to advocate for policy change.

Record 14.3 million volunteer hours recorded by Benevity clients in 2022

Why It Matters

Non-profits, charities and social purpose organizations across Canada are grappling with volunteer shortages. Engaging new volunteers in the workplace could help reinforce a sector grappling with a shortage of human resources.

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

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.

New CanadaHelps report shows charitable sector at a ‘tipping point,’ facing inflation, staff burnout, lower volunteerism

Why It Matters

As a result of inflation and ongoing pandemic-related struggles, more Canadians are turning to Canada’s network of 86,000 charities for support. But for some organizations, a quadruple whammy of high staff burnout, fewer volunteers, higher cost of goods and services, and lower donations, is making it tough to keep up with the pace of the need.