publication date: Dec 28, 2011
At the recent Imagine
for charities, a top subject for attendees was how to instil
a philanthropic mindset in the next generation - an issue that has grown in the
nonprofit sector as religious belief has declined. In The Globe and Mail
, reporter Erin
explores the implications of declining attendance at religious
services in relation to overall charitable giving in Canada.
"This is a hugely important topic," said Penelope Burk
, president of Cygnus Applied Research
. "Religion has
a huge impact on turning people toward philanthropy and keeping them pointed in
that direction. Who or what is waiting
in the wings to pick up the slack?" School? Families? Facebook?
"[Religion] is one of the few institutions left in society
that actually teaches people about giving," points out Jeff Pym
, director of stewardship for the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Canada. "Almost
all other institutions teach people about consuming."
Anderssen's full article