Update: State of Volunteering in New Zealand Report 2020

Thank you to everyone who has completed our Volunteer Survey and Organisational Survey. These surveys have now closed. Volunteering New Zealand was surveying volunteers and volunteer involving organisations to get feedback on the state of volunteering in New Zealand. We will publish a report on our findings in 2020. If you have any questions about these surveys, please contact office@volunteeringnz.org.nz.



State of Volunteering in New Zealand Report 2017

The 2016/17 State of Volunteering Survey is the third in VNZ’s series of annual surveys.
Each year VNZ sends a survey to all registered charities in New Zealand as 90% of these
organisations engage volunteers in some capacity. These surveys are designed to
capture a snapshot of the state of volunteering in New Zealand.


Recruitment and retention issues and opportunities

  • Episodic volunteering
  • Induction and training
  • Management and evaluation

Workforce issues and opportunities

  • Time-poor population
  • A need for organisational, community and national recognition
  • Age-related concerns – a variety of theories, experiences
  • Funding issues



Overview Paper on the State of Volunteering

This important contribution to the New Zealand literature on volunteering is a report written by a Volunteering New Zealand reference group, with the support of the Department of Internal Affairs

The report contains:

  • Recommendations
  • The current state of volunteering and volunteer-involving organisations
    • Issues affecting volunteering in New Zealand
    • The decline in volunteer hours
    • Other observations about changes to the nature of volunteering
  • Issues/barriers for volunteer-involving organisations and volunteers
    • Issues/barriers for volunteer-involving organisations
    • Issues/barriers for volunteers
  • Looking to the future: possibilities for support, and other opportunities
    • Proactive responses
    • Better support for volunteering
    • The need for Government to lead by example
    • Improved Research



State of Volunteering in New Zealand Report 2016

The second State of Volunteering in New Zealand report, released in early 2017, provides telling insights from 1260 registered charities in New Zealand and an update on overall findings for the volunteering sector in New Zealand.



Charity Viewpoint 2016

Organisations often talk about the importance of collaboration; a new publication demonstrates this collaboration in action.

Charity Viewpoint 2016: Perspectives on sustainability in the community sector is a report published by Volunteering New Zealand, the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand and Philanthropy New Zealand. It identifies and explores issues in governance, fundraising, volunteering and corporate/charity relations and how to achieve sustainability in the community and voluntary sector.

Charity Viewpoint 2016 reflects our views at this point in time. Our aim is to inspire and inform and to provide food for thought for those working in the community sector.



State of The World’s Volunteerism Report 2016

This summary report represents VNZ’s interpretation of the key points of the United Nations’ State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (2015), and focuses on key points relevant to the New Zealand volunteering context. It is not written to replace or otherwise substitute the UN report, which readers are encouraged to engage with independently of this report.



State of Volunteering in New Zealand Report 2015

The first State of Volunteering in New Zealand report was released in early 2016. This is the first report of its kind in New Zealand, and with responses from 1500 registered charities, insights from this survey are telling, including that recruiting volunteers remains challenging. Download the Report.