Volunteering Statistics

Volunteering New Zealand, 2020.

Volunteering New Zealand believes that reliable and accurate data about volunteering is essential for effective leadership, advocacy and support of the community and voluntary sector. Check out the latest volunteering statistics.


The People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
Project management: Ronja Ievers – Hui E! Community Aotearoa, 2019.

The purpose of the People’s Report is to provide a range of views about Aotearoa New Zealand’s progress on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Time well spent: A national survey on the volunteer experience
Davies, John; Dobbs, Joy; Hornung, Lisa; Jochum, Veronique; McGarvey, Amy. National Council for Voluntary Organisations, January 2019.

This report analyses the findings of a nation-wide survey on volunteering, conducted in the UK, of more than 10,000 people, by YouGov for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). “It provides the most detailed analysis of volunteering for a decade.” 

Literature Review to Inform the Development of Scotland’s Volunteering Outcomes Framework
Scottish Government, 2019.

This report outlines a systematic review of the research literature on volunteering. The purpose of this review is to inform the development of a Volunteering Outcomes Framework to support the critical role that volunteering plays in Scotland for volunteers, beneficiaries and wider communities.

Volunteering for All: Our National Framework
Scottish Government, 2019.

This Framework was developed by the Scottish Government jointly with partners from the volunteer and community sector, local government and NHS, with academics and social researchers, and with volunteers. The objective of the Framework is to: Set out clearly and in one place a coherent and compelling narrative for volunteering;  Define the key outcomes desired for volunteering in Scotland over the next ten years; Identify the key data and evidence that will inform, indicate and drive performance at a national and local level; and  Enable informed debate and decision about the optimal combination of programmes, investments and interventions. 

The role of volunteering in sustainable development
Institute of Development Studies and VSO, 2015.

The participatory approaches that were employed throughout the research and the learning generated from this process can also provide some inspiration and insights into how we can strengthen bottom-up approaches to development.