FAITH & ACTION:

RELIGIOUS CHARITIES

When Belief is a Core Mandate

“People with strong religious convictions also often have stronger pro-social and altruistic values, which motivate them to give more of their time and money to others.”

– (Stats Canada)

FAST FACTS:

As of 2016, There are 86,191 charities in Canada;

Nearly 40% of those are religious charities.

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In 2010, the average annual donation from religious individuals was more than triple the amount given by non-religious donors.

The 2004 NSGVP noted that 76% of volunteers in Canada had a religious affiliation … and [many] spent their volunteer time with organizations that were not religiously oriented

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For every dollar spent by a church congregation, the wider community gains $4.77 in common good services

– (the halo project)

Even supporters of the CSJ attestation have praised the great work of religious charities across Canada. They appreciate the practical benefits provided by camps, homeless shelters, drop-in centres, and more. 

But by urging religious groups to sign a statement contrary to their convictions, the government has tried to separate activities from religious beliefs.

However, those beliefs are what motivate the acts of compassion and generosity they admire!

To divide faith from action is as unthinkable as portraying Mother Teresa without the cross that compelled her to serve the poor of Kolkata.

“The small 20 percent of Canadians who attend religious services weekly are the source of 53 percent of Canada’s total charitable givings. If all Canadians gave as weekly attenders did, the total value of direct donations … would double to over $10 billion”

– (Canadian Centre for Philanthropy)

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