The Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (formerly
the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating
(NSGVP)) provides information on the charitable giving, volunteering
behaviour and civic participation of Canadians – how Canadians
support individuals and communities on their own or through their
involvement with charitable and nonprofit organizations. Data
include donations to voluntary organizations, volunteering activities
and other forms of participation. It was first conducted in 1997
and again in 2000 as the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering
and Participating (NSGVP). In December 2001, the Prime Minister
announced that the survey would receive permanent funding, be
conducted every three years, and would be renamed the Canada Survey
of Giving, Volunteering and Participating to differentiate it
from similar surveys in other countries. Data collection for the
next Survey will take place in fall 2004. The Survey is conducted
by Statistics Canada and is overseen by a Steering Committee comprised
of government and voluntary sector representatives.
An overview report for each data collection provides highlights
of the survey results. Further analysis and dissemination of the
results of the 2000 Survey were funded by Human Resources Development
Canada and Canadian Heritage through the Capacity Joint Table
of the Voluntary Sector Initiative. The results of this analysis
are presented in fact sheets which outline how Canadians in each
province give, volunteer and participate in their communities.
The fact sheets are currently available at www.givingandvolunteering.ca.
The Government of Canada has committed funds to support further
analysis and dissemination of subsequent collections of the Canada
Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating.
The Capacity Joint
Table Advisory Committee supports a range of research initiatives
on the voluntary sector. The Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering
and Participating is one of three research and information projects
focusing on profiling the size, scope, and contributions of the
voluntary sector to Canadian society. The two other projects are
the Johns Hopkins Comparative
Non-profit Sector Project and the National
Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations.
For further information about the NSGVP/CSGVP, please visit www.givingandvolunteering.ca.