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)

For religious charities, beliefs and actions cannot be separated. Belief motivates the acts of compassion and generosity that benefit our entire society.

To divide faith from action is as unthinkable as portrayed Mother Teresa with 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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