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

55 per cent of charities surveyed for a new CanadaHelps report said they have fewer volunteers now than before the pandemic.

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.

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At the end of this month, Mona Pinder’s charity will close up shop for good. 

Pinder is the executive director of MealShare, a Calgary-based charity that partners with restaurants to provide meals to food insecure youth. As a result of its work over the last decade, nearly 6 million meals have been given to young people in Alberta and beyond. 

Yet, despite the impact they’ve had, Pinder says her charity has not been able to wit

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