Working as the General Manager of Trinity-St. Paul’s the past six years, I have seen many non-profit and community groups create gorgeous works of art, major events, life-changing exercise, and learning classes, and meals galore. It’s been a wonderful, messy melange of community and a great deal of fun.
You know what hasn’t been fun? Ensuring all those groups were insured (ensuring insured, there’s a tongue twister). I get it. It’s annoying, hard to understand, expensive and takes time.
November 27, 2019
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Community Spaces in Faith Places
The following map and graph showcase the survey results from summer 2019 of the Community Spaces in Faith Places Survey. There are 27,000 faith buildings in Canada, 1/3 are set to close in the next ten years. Programs like 12 step groups, children’s programming, foodbanks, blood donor clinics, arts groups and community meetings all utilize places of faith to gather in and are at risk of being lost if faith buildings shut down.
Faith & the Common Good has formed a partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario NonProfit Network, Cardus, The National Trust For Canada and the City of Toronto to evaluate the impact of faith-building closures.
Information about Data Collection
Data collected April through July 2019, in French and English online and on paper via our regional research leads. The Survey was distributed via our partners as listed below and via research leads for “DEEP DIVE” regions of Huron, Peterborough, Toronto, and Sudbury.
Geographic Distribution of Respondents to Survey
Overall there were 1269 respondents with 629 were statistically valid (desired respondents, data was applicable, sufficient responses to verify valid identifying group)
From the survey, we've learned a lot about the types of communities and draws of faith buildings for Non-for-profits and community groups. Check it out below:
What type of Non-for-Profits and Community Groups work out of Faith Buildings?
Why would Non-for-Profits and Community Groups use Faith Buildings?
Why NFP’s and Community Groups Work out of Faith Buildings
Buildings were built in convenient, centralized locations within neighbourhoods in order to encourage consistent attendance.
Good price is the promise and the problem
The responses around shared services and matches mission and partnership will be fleshed out more in the case studies in the second year of the study, which will focus more on specific sites to illuminate the data
Could you find another space if the building closed?
Assessment of Impact of Faith Building Closures
With 9,000 faith buildings estimated to close in the next ten years, we must assess the potential impact.
52% of user groups respondents say that they would have no other space to use and another 18% say that another faith-building is their second option.
Taking Action for Places of Faith in Rural Ontario
An estimated 9,000 faith buildings will close in Canada in the next ten years. What will the impact be on rural Ontario in general and Huron County specifically?
When: November 6th Where: St. Joseph's Kingsbridge Centre (84675A Bluewater Hwy, north of Goderich, Ontario)
Our Regeneration Works: Places of Faith project works with rural and urban places of faith to create community spaces that are both viable and successful. Whether the goal is to keep the doors open or make strategic real estate decisions that serve the faith group and the community, the National Trust and Faith & the Common Good offer hope, inspiration, and solutions based on our work from across the country.