BC charities under stress

Do you feel stressed?

Imagine Canada’s recently released Sector Monitor report has some surprising data on stress in BC charities.

The Sector Monitor uses surveys of leaders and stakeholders in the charitable world and seeks to provide insight into the charitable sector in Canada.

Overall, their survey found that:

  • about 1 charity in 7 appears to be under high stress;
  • 1 in 3 is under some stress and;
  • the remaining half show no significant signs of stress, at least as measured by their survey questions.

The surprising thing is that organizations in British Columbia were statistically more likely to be under high stress than those in the rest of the country. Other groups that appeared to be under more stress were health charities, charities with annual revenues between $150,000 and $499,999 and those organizations that had between 1 and 4 paid staff.

The study also found an overall decrease in confidence among charity leaders over the past year. More leaders predicted that their charity would be weaker, in terms of its ability to carry out its mission in the near- and medium-term, and that the financial and human resources of their organization would decrease over the near-term.

If you’re a small-shop charity in BC that’s under stress, perhaps I can help.