There are numerous studies and surveys both in New Zealand and internationally that track volunteering rates. Some of the sources differ in how they define volunteering and who they ask, but together present a well-rounded picture of the amount and type of volunteering that takes place in New Zealand and overseas. Here are the most up-to-date studies and surveys about volunteering.
Volunteering in New Zealand
Statistics New Zealand
Statistics New Zealand’s Non-profit institutions satellite account: 2013 was released in 2016. It measures and analyses the contribution of non-profit institutions to New Zealand’s economy and includes an estimate of the contribution volunteers make to their activities. This release includes information about financial and non-financial information for the year ending March 2013.
Key findings are outlined in this infographic The contribution of non-profit institutions in New Zealand (PDF)
The NPISA supplements the existing New Zealand System of National Accounts (NZSNA). Satellite accounts are recognised internationally as a way of rearranging existing information, so an area of particular economic or social importance (eg non-profit institutions) can be analysed more closely.
This report highlights findings about these activities from the General Social Survey 2016 (GSS). It provides useful information for policy makers and organisations on the demographics of the volunteer workforce, plus the number of hours volunteered and who for. It also explores the types of people who donate and who they donate to.
Quarterly Volunteering and Donation Indicators, Department of Internal Affairs
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) releases quarterly statistics on volunteering and donating in New Zealand. The Quarterly Volunteering and Donating Indicators are sourced from the Nielsen Consumer and Media Insights (CMI) survey.
The key findings for the September 2014 quarter were:
- During the September 2014 quarter, nearly 35 per cent of all respondents volunteered at least one hour of their time. This is the highest volunteering rate of the five years measured.
- Of those who volunteered, 59 per cent were female and 41 per cent were male.
- Results from the September 2014 quarter show that people between the ages of 30-39 volunteered the most.
The full reports can be found on the DIA website: