Research reports: National

Andorra
Temps de voluntariat. La perspectiva andorrana 
Molt abans que el voluntariat fos codificat sota els actuals paràmetres que tothom més o menys reconeix com a propis d’aquest sector, les tasques d’ajuda gairebé desinteressada a altres persones han estat sempre presents a les comunitats, sense haver estat mai reconegudes com a quelcom susceptible de ser destacable per damunt d’altres tasques.  Read article

Argentina
Todo lo que usted necesita saber sobre voluntariado 
Cuarto fascículo de la Revista Tercer Sector que ofrece información para concretar con éxito la misión de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil. En esta oportunidad, el fascículo se enfoca en el voluntariado. Dentro de los temas abordados se encuentra la definición y el rol del voluntariado, su contribución a la sociedad y su vinculo universitario.  Visit site

Australia
Australian retirees keen to volunteer 
Australian retirees look forward to 'freedom' and are keen to volunteer, according to a new international survey into retirement by French insurance group AXA. British and US pensioners love to travel abroad, Germans plunge into sport, Canadians into charity work and the French go for gardening. Italians and Spanish are more prone to do nothing when they retire.  Read article
Corporates misusing volunteering, say non-profits in research 
Korea Life Insurance vice-president Shin Eun-chul, centre, plays with children at Seoul SOS Children’s Village, while volunteering at the social facility for children.  (The Korea Times)
Corporate employee volunteering might be booming — more corporations and charities are trying to work together. Trouble is, the two sides don't seem to understand each other and, in some cases, they just don't get on. A special report has found frustrations and recriminations spilling over from both sectors.  Read article
Cost of Volunteering Overview 
The Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Forum is currently undertaking research to find out how much it cost for individual volunteer to be involved in emergency management volunteering.  Read article
National Survey of Volunteering Issues 2006 
Volunteering Australia recently presented the "National Survey of Volunteering Issues 2006".  The report contains  data on many issues relating to volunteering including relationships between paid staff and volunteers, the rate of adoption of best practice volunteer management approaches.   Read article

Austria
Österreiches Qualifikationsgewinn durch Freiwilligenarbeit: Unternehmensbefragung 
Vorliegende Untersuchung ist Teil der vom Bundesministerium für Soziale Sicherheit, Generationen und Konsumentenschutz in Auftrag gegebenen Studie „Qualifikationsgewinn durch Freiwilligenarbeit“.   Read article

Bangladesh
Management of Acute Respiratory Infections by Community Health Volunteers 
This paper assesses the role of management practices in improving the competency of community health volunteers in diagnosing and treating acute respiratory infections among children. Data were collected by a group of research physicians who observed the performance of a sample of 120 health volunteers in 10 sub-districts in Bangladesh.  Read article

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Volunteering in Bosnia and Herzegovina 
This study provides a comprehensive background on volunteering in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also contains responses from a survey on volunteer recruitment and management, conducted among leaders of volunteer-involving organizations.  Read article

Botswana
Research Partnerships Build the Service Field in Africa 
This research demonstrates how different actors in the South African region are co-operating to address the human development challenges in the five countries - Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The service initiatives reported on contribute to developing knowledge and good practice, and demonstrate the role that service and volunteering can play in promoting the achievement of national social development goals and priorities.   Read article

Canada
Canadians are generous: Study 
In 2004, Canadians donated $8.9 billion and two billion volunteer hours — the equivalent of a million full-time jobs — according to the latest Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating done by Statistics Canada in partnership with government agencies and volunteer organizations.  Read article
Giving and Volunteering 
Developed by Imagine Canada in partnership with Volunteer Canada, this website is designed to make available the statistics and resources developed from the 1997 and 2000 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP).   Visit site
Making Connections: Social and Civic Engagement among Canadian Immigrants 
Immigrants give larger donations, on average, than the Canadian-born population but they are slightly less likely to volunteer their time than people born in Canada, according to research by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD). The research report (published April 2006) - “Making Connections: Social and Civic Engagement among Canadian Immigrants” - also shows that the rate of volunteering is increasing, particularly among recent immigrants.  Read article
What We Should Know About the Voluntary Sector but Don't 
Much is known about volunteering and donating behaviour, but there are major gaps in our knowledge of voluntary sector organizations. There is long-standing uncertainty about the accuracy of data on charities and even if the available data are validated, they fall short of enabling an analysis of charities’ efficiency and effectiveness. This research was originally published in 2001 by Erwin Dreessen, a manager from Industry Canada Visit site

Chile
Estudio reveló que sólo un 7% de los chilenos realiza acciones de voluntariado 
En la antesala de la celebración del mes de la solidaridad, el Estudio Nacional de Voluntariado 2006, realizado por Fundación Trascender junto a Collect Investigaciones de Mercado, arrojó sorprendentes resultados sobre la práctica del voluntariado en el país.   Read article

China
Study on Public’s Reception and Perception Of Volunteer Services 
This study shows the results of a phone survey done in late 2001 in Hong Kong, which shows that a quarter of residents had volunteered at least once. Also provides a sociological profile of volunteers in the country.  Read article

France
Bénévolat et volontariat en France et dans le monde (Volunteering in France and abroad) 
This publication is based on studies made over 10 years in France and abroad; a first study report had been published in 1997. This study attempts to answer several questions: who are the volunteers? Why do they get involved? What does voluntary work mean? What is its economic impact? What do the public authorities do concerning volunteering? 
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Hungary
Citizens' Donations & Voluntary Activities 
This survey was conducted in 2004 by the National Volunteer Centre and the Non-profit Research Group in Hungary. It provides a summary of individuals’ donations and volunteering for organisations dealing with donation collection, distribution and volunteerism in general.  Read article
Citizens’ donations and voluntary activities 
This survey was conducted by the National Volunteer Centre and the Non-profit Research Group in Hungary. It provides a summary of individuals’ donations and volunteering for organisations dealing with donation collection, distribution and volunteerism in general.  Read article

Kazakhstan
Volunteering in Kazakhstan: Key findings of a national survey 2001 
This booklet provides an overview of volunteering in Kazakhstan, its history and the result of a national survey in 2001. The survey determines the extent of volunteering and explores the people’s understanding of the concept of volunteerism.   Read article

Kenya
An Operational Framework for Institutionalizing Volunteerism & Founding a Volunteer Research Center in Kenya 
This paper reviews Kenya's activities during the International Year of Volunteers 2001 and provides arguments and justifications regarding institutionalising volunteerism in the country.  Read article

Malawi
Research Partnerships Build the Service Field in Africa 
This research demonstrates how different actors in the South African region are co-operating to address the human development challenges in the five countries - Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The service initiatives reported on contribute to developing knowledge and good practice, and demonstrate the role that service and volunteering can play in promoting the achievement of national social development goals and priorities.   Read article

Malta
Strengthening the Voluntary Sector in Malta 
"Malta and Gozo are fortunate to have a highly active voluntary sector. This White Paper and the attached proposed Voluntary Organisations Act aim to give the sector the necessary legal framework and support,” said Family and Social Solidarity Minister, Dolores Cristina, during the recent launch and presentation of the document, attended by a significant number of NGO representatives.  Read article

Mongolia
Sociological Survey on Volunteerism 
This study, undertaken in the International Year of Volunteers 2001, determined the extent of volunteering in the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar and how volunteer work has contributed to the city's development.  Read article

Nepal
Female volunteers reduce child-mother mortality in Nepal 
The National Survey of Female Community Health Volunteer (FCHV) has revealed that active mobilisation of female health volunteers has helped reduce child and maternal mortality through the Vitamin A, de-worming tablets, polio vaccination and other campaigns. The country is also marking 20 years of FCHV's Service Day today.  Read article
Volunteerism in Nepal 
This research, done during the International Year of Volunteers 2001, outlines the concept of volunteerism, traditions of volunteering in Nepal, its current status, and how to address issues on advocacy.  Read article

New Zealand
Counting for Something: Value Added by Voluntary Agencies 
This report on Phase I of the Value Added by Voluntary Agencies (VAVA) project provides an overview of the voluntary inputs of 10 major social services organizations in New Zealand over a one-year period.   Read article
New Zealand report highlights value of volunteers 
new report showing that 90 per cent of non-profit organisations in New Zealand are run entirely by unpaid volunteers proves how important these people are to our society, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said today.  Read article

Nicaragua
Social Volunteerism in Nicaragua 
The author,  Ana K. Carrión, a graduate student at the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs, discusses Nicaragua's ways to develop and intergrate volunteerism into an overall framework to encourage civic and social participation.  Read article

Singapore
Singaporeans donate less money but volunteer more time: survey 
A survey has found that Singaporeans donated less money to charities, but volunteered more of their time. Only 89 percent gave money to charity last year, compared to 97 percent in 2004. However, Singaporeans rendered 40 percent more hours of volunteer work than 2 years ago.   Read article

South Africa
Research Partnerships Build the Service Field in Africa 
This research demonstrates how different actors in the South African region are co-operating to address the human development challenges in the five countries - Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The service initiatives reported on contribute to developing knowledge and good practice, and demonstrate the role that service and volunteering can play in promoting the achievement of national social development goals and priorities.   Read article

Sri Lanka
Volunteerism in an aging society 
This brief provides a conceptual framework to link Volunteerism for Development with a series of aging-related issues. Volunteerism can foster elders' empowerment, aiding intergenerational solidarity. The document also looks back over the Sri Lanka Elders' Committees and the work of the HelpAge voluntary home care programme, with recommendations for future policy.  Read article

Sudan
Volunteerism and FGM in Sudan 
In 2006, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, along with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Ahfad University for Women in Sudan implemented an innovative program to encourage volunteerism and to mobilize local communities to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sudan. The project aimed to combat FGM by drawing on volunteerism and local community action.  It has attempted to utilize a combination of new and existing approaches to bring about change in its target area, Abu Saeed in Omdurman, Sudan.

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Switzerland
Swiss President acknowledges importance of volunteers 
Swiss President Moritz Leuenberger has praised Switzerland's volunteer workers for their essential contribution to society.  Read article

United Kingdom
2005 Citizenship Survey 
The Citizenship Survey is a biennial survey of adults in England and Wales, covering a range of community based issues including views about involvement in the community, civil renewal, volunteering and charitable giving.  Read article
A part of society: Refugees and asylum seekers volunteering in the UK 
The latest report from the Volunteering and Asylum Project is based on case studies of ten organisations across the UK that are all outside the refugee sector, and that are all successfully involving refugees and asylum seekers as volunteers. The report is for policy makers, volunteer managers and others wanting to encourage and develop diversity in volunteering.  Visit site
Anti-poverty campaign mobilized youth 
It has been written off as wristband idealism, but last year's Make Poverty History campaign mobilized a generation of politically active young people, according to a survey for Oxfam.   Read article
Britons urged to volunteer, donate more 
UK's Home Office launched yesterday a new strategy in its campaign to promote a culture of giving after research revealed that the public is becoming less inclined to donate money to good causes.  Read article
Challenge assumptions about volunteering, researchers told 
Researchers analysing the voluntary sector should use their studies to challenge the preconception that volunteering in all its forms is necessarily a good thing, according to the Institute for Volunteering Research.  Read article
Crisis of volunteers in Scotland revealed 
Fears of being falsely accused of harming children is the major factor preventing Scots from volunteering, and while 69% of adults consider working with children, only 5% actually do, a report claims today. Concerns over the culture of litigation is also a factor when it comes to working or volunteering with young people, a survey by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) found. In the poll carried out for the commissioner, 48% of adults said concern about being falsely accused of harming young people is the number one obstacle to becoming a volunteer.  Read article
Delaying retirement will stop older people volunteering 
Delaying the retirement age will prevent people from volunteering in later life, potentially robbing the voluntary movement of a huge army of retired volunteers and leaving many public and community services unstaffed, says a new YouGov survey for Volunteering England to mark the launch of Volunteers’ Week.  Read article
Employees keen to volunteer: Study 
Most employees say they would prefer to work for a company that allows its staff time off to volunteer, new research in the UK has found.   Read article
Generation V: Young people speak out on volunteering 
The report of research for the Russell Commission on the attitudes of young people in England towards volunteering and the extent of their involvement in voluntary activities.
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Individuals fail to capitalize on the benefits of volunteering 
According to research published today by the Chartered Management Institute and the international volunteer agency VSO, individuals who volunteer internationally develop expertise that addresses skills gaps in the UK. Although employers are quick to recognize the value of volunteering, individuals do not always market themselves sufficiently when they return home.  Read article
People volunteer to make a difference: UK study 
In a recent study published by the Economic and Social Research Council, researchers say that most people volunteer to make a difference in the community rather than for career development.  Read article
Refugee women – from volunteers to employees 
This project was carried out between July 2003 and December 2004 by the Working Lives Research Institute and the Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit, London Metropolitan University. The focus of the project was employment pathways between working as a volunteer and finding employment in refugee community organisations (RCOs), refugee agencies and organizations in the wider voluntary and community sector.  Read article
Volunteering & the Media: A Review of Literature 
This literature review aims to identify research and information which address issues related to the image of volunteering and volunteers by the public and the media. It is argued that the images of, and stereotypes about, volunteering can have important influences on the recruitment, retention and diversity of volunteers within organizations and, as a consequence, deserves considered attention. It was commissioned by UK's Voluntary Action Media Unit and undertaken by the Institute for Volunteering Research.   Visit site
Volunteering sector begs government for 'more funding' 
The volunteering sector is begging the government for more funding for projects, finds a survey today by Volunteering England, the national development agency for volunteering. The poll, which is published to coincide with the International Volunteer Day (5 December), reveals the priorities of the volunteering sector – as experienced by those who volunteer themselves, manage volunteers, or work in England’s wide network of volunteer centres.   Read article
Volunteering to lead: A study of leadership in small, volunteer-led groups 
This study aims to explore issues of leadership within small, volunteer-led groups and the challenges associated with their growth and development. It has been funded by the Volunteering Hub and carried out by the UK-based Institute for Volunteering Research.  Visit site
Women refugees - from volunteers to employees 
This reseach, conducted by Working Lives Research Institute and the London Metropolitan University, supports the view that volunteering can assist refugee women

in finding employment, as well as providing important benefits to women who

are not able to undertake paid employment. It also highlights the breadth and depth

of voluntary activities in which refugee women are involved, and the research

report documents the experiences of refugee women as volunteers in a wide

range of organisations and activities.

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Young, Gifted and Committed: Engaging young people in volunteering 
This report evaluates the engagement of the young people in the volunteering programme of Vitalise, a national charity in UK. It covers all aspects of volunteer management, highlights relevant issues for young people and points to what young people themselves think about their volunteer experiences.  Read article

United States
Americans prefer to give money than volunteer time: Survey 
When it comes to supporting a charitable cause, American adults are more inclined to reach for their wallets than to roll up their sleeves, according to national survey by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. This represents a reversal from a year earlier when a plurality of Americans said they found it easier to give their time than their money to charitable causes.   Read article
Baby boomers and the future of volunteering 
A new study by VolunteerMatch looks for keys to unlock the generosity of the Me Generation. It's findings include high expectations, skilled volunteers and the internet playing a huge role in the future of volunteering.   Read article
Behind each donation, a tangle of reasons 
What triggers people to donate money? Why did donors react tepidly to victims of Pakistan's recent earthquake compared to last year's tsunami in south Asia? A research conducted by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, USA may have the answer. The study reveals that generosity is not only knowing that one is giving to a good cause but also the disaster's ability to arouse emotions.   Read article
Building Active Citizens: The Role of Institutions in Teen Volunteering 
In an effort to better understand the attitudes and behaviors of young people in America around volunteering, service-learning and other forms of community involvement, the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau and Independent Sector, the Youth Volunteering Survey) in early 2005.  The report will highlight the state of youth volunteering and consider the relationship between youth volunteer behavior and three primary environments where youth form their social networks: family, religious organizations, and school.  Read article
Building active citizens: The role of social institutions in teen volunteering 
This report highlights the state of American youth volunteering and consider the relationship between teen volunteer (ages 12 to 18) behaviour and three primary environments where youth form their social networks: family, religious organizations, and school.   Read article
Can Corporate Volunteering Support the Bottom Line? 
This study, commissioned by the Case Foundation and Hands On Network and published in September 2005, focuses on the issue of corporate volunteerism and its impact on communities, employees and corporate bottom lines in the American context.  Read article
College volunteering in the US rises sharply  
Some call them lazy, more interested in partying hard than helping out. But a new study shows college students volunteer at a rate that's grown sharply over the last few years.  Read article
Cost of a Volunteer 
Following US President George W. Bush's call for more Americans to volunteer, the Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service probed the nonprofit sector’s concerns and issues about absorbing an influx of new volunteers.   Read article
Disadvantaged Young Men - Youth Service as Good Policy 
A new book by ICP board member Peter Edelman, Harry J. Holzer, and the late Paul Offner, tackles the problem of disconnected young men and offers policy recommendations for how best to reintegrate this population into school or work. Published by the Urban Institute Press, Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men focuses primarily on African-American and Hispanic populations, citing troubling statistics and offering proven solutions in key policy areas.   Read article
It's time to donate a little more 
When you work in the nonprofit sector, you are regularly reminded of the generosity of Americans, whether evidenced by the loyal perseverance of board members or the unstinting efforts of volunteers and staff. In New York City alone, there are more than 99,000 board members and 342,000 volunteers working at no pay to help NYC's nonprofits.  Read article
Leadership skills linked to volunteerism: Study 
Leadership, communications skills, and resource development - often termed "power skills" in a business setting - are linked to early experiences for women in community service and non-profit volunteer activities. According to Power Skills research, "How Volunteerism Shapes Professional Success", a study conducted for Womens Way, these and other critical business skills, like problem solving, coaching/mentoring, and public speaking are developed and improved through volunteerism.   Read article
Measuring Corporate Volunteerism 
The research, conducted over a six-month period in early 2004, included interviews with community relations/volunteer managers and senior executives from nearly 50 major US companies and representatives from 40 nonprofits. The study highlights a growing commitment to community involvement and explores in detail: why corporations supportvolunteerism; how they measure success; and the keys to the most successful programmes.  Read article
Men and Women Volunteering: Gender Differences in the Effects of Employment and Family Characteristics  
The study reveals that there is a statistically significant difference in the way employment status affects men's and women's volunteering behavior.   Visit site
New research looks at retirees as corporate volunteers  
Volunteers of America and The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College yesterday released a new publication, "Expanding the Boundaries of Corporate Volunteerism," focusing on the aging Baby Boom generation, or those born between 1946 to 1964, and corporate volunteering trends.  Read article
Online contributions increase in 2005 
Onphilanthropy, a global resource for non-profit professionals, reports recently that online fundraising continued to grow at an accelerating rate in 2005.   Read article
Standards for corporate volunteering programme released 
A research on "Standards of Excellence for Corporate Volunteer Programmes" was released today by LGB Associates. The Standards serve as a framework that enable companies to build highly successful volunteer programmes.  Read article
That spirit of volunteerism, 60 million strong 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60 million Americans volunteered through or for an organization between September 2006 and September 2007, and they spent a median of 52 hours on their volunteer work. People between the ages of 35 and 54 were the most likely to volunteer.  Visit site
US First Lady says more teens volunteering 
Some 55 per cent of teenagers do volunteer work, US first lady Laura Bush said Wednesday, encouraging adults to follow suit. She announced results of a survey showing that an estimated 15.5 million youths - or 55 percent of people age 12 to 18 - participate in volunteer activities. That is nearly twice the adult rate of 29 per cent.  Read article
US research shows that disadvantaged teens benefit from volunteering 
A new study in the United States has found that volunteering produces many positive benefits for teens from low- income backgrounds -- they become empowered, are more likely to volunteer and become politically engaged, and believe they will graduate from college and make a difference in their communities.  Read article
US volunteers contribute 8.1 billion hours in 2007 
Senior Companion Euphina Irvin eats breakfast with client Costella Black in her home in North Charleston, South Carolina. (S. Braman/Corporation for National and Community Service)
What the originators call "the most comprehensive research on US volunteering ever assembled" shows volunteering in America is strong and poised for growth. Nearly 61 million Americans volunteered in their communities in 2007 giving 8.1 billion hours of service worth more than $158 billion to America's communities, according to the Volunteering in America report released on 28 July by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Read article
Voices of Volunteers 18-29 
Report of a 2002 research the Girl Scouts of the USA conducted in conjunction with Partners in Brainstorms, Voices of Volunteers 18-29 reveals young women volunteers' ideas about what makes for a positive volunteering experience as well as what challenges exist. The findings demonstrate the need for youth-serving organizations to look closely at their volunteer/youth worker recruitment, training, support, administration, and recognition programmes.  Visit site
Volunteer Capacity Management Study 
In early 2004 the Urban Institute released the findings from a national study of volunteer management capacity among charities and congregations conducted for the Corporation for National and Community Service with involvement of the UPS Foundation and the USA Freedom Corps.   Read article
Volunteering helps improve health: Study 
The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research has found a significant connection between volunteering and good health. The report shows that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease.  Read article
Volunteering hits 30-year high in U.S. 
The number of Americans who volunteer to mentor students, beautify neighborhoods and pitch in after disasters is at a 30-year high, fueled in part by a boom in teen participation, a new study says.  Read article
Volunteering in America: State Trends and Rankings 2002-2005 
The Corporation for National and Community Service in the United States has produced a report on volunteering in the United States. The report - Volunteering in America: State Trends and Rankings 2002-2005 - presents data on volunteering and volunteers in an easily accessible format that will be useful to people interested in learning more about volunteering in the states.  Read article
Volunteering makes the old feel young 
A new report into volunteering in later life was launched today at the House of Commons by Age Concern Newcastle and Newcastle University, UK. The research fills the gaps in understanding of the huge contribution older people make to volunteer organizations.  Read article

Zambia
Research Partnerships Build the Service Field in Africa 
This research demonstrates how different actors in the South African region are co-operating to address the human development challenges in the five countries - Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The service initiatives reported on contribute to developing knowledge and good practice, and demonstrate the role that service and volunteering can play in promoting the achievement of national social development goals and priorities.   Read article

Zimbabwe
Research Partnerships Build the Service Field in Africa 
This research demonstrates how different actors in the South African region are co-operating to address the human development challenges in the five countries - Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The service initiatives reported on contribute to developing knowledge and good practice, and demonstrate the role that service and volunteering can play in promoting the achievement of national social development goals and priorities.   Read article
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