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Report Reveals "Significant Negative Impact" on Volunteerism Due to COVID-19

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This article is an excerpt from Human Resources Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Charities and Nonprofits, a report published by CharityVillage and The Portage Group. The full report covers staffing, volunteering, and the use of government subsidies and relief programs and is based on a survey completed by 1,361 Canadian charities and nonprofits in February 2021. Click here to download the full report for free.

The survey results suggest that the pandemic has had a significant negative impact on volunteerism across the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada. A majority (64%) of surveyed organizations indicated that they have experienced a decrease in the number of volunteers since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Among those that have experienced a decrease, the impact has been significant with most experiencing a decrease of more than 30% of their volunteer base. A full quarter (26%) of participating organizations lost more than 75% of their volunteers over the last year.


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    Apr 30, 2021

  • Subject Area
    • Information, Referral, & Advocacy
    • Volunteer Management
    • Organizational Development
  • Audience
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
    • Caregivers, Seniors & Volunteers
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