High income OECD countries Compared by Lifestyle > Society > Volunteering and social support > Volunteering > Donated money

DEFINITION: A tool for valuing volunteering is provided by the new Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts, developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civic Society Studies in co-operation with the United Nations Statistics Division. The Handbook recommends that countries regularly produce “satellite accounts” of the non-profit sector, providing a comprehensive picture of its size and operation. So far, eight OECD countries have implemented this handbook, with data referring to a year between 1999 and 2004, and four additional countries are committed to do so in the future.

Beyond the comprehensive information available through these handbooks, information on the size of volunteering and social support is available for a larger number of countries through household surveys. The data presented here are drawn from the Gallup World Poll. Data on volunteering are based on the two following questions: “Have you donated money to an organization in the last month?” and “Have you volunteered your time to an organization in the last month?”. Data on social support from the same survey are based on the questions: “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them?” and “Have you helped a stranger or someone you didn’t know who needed help in the last month?”. Population shares are calculated as a percentage of all respondents excluding those who refused or didn’t’ know how to answer the various questions.


1 Netherlands 74.93% 2004
2 Ireland 73.03% 2004
3 United Kingdom 72.23% 2004
4 Switzerland 70.74% 2004
5 Australia 69.86% 2004
6 Austria 69.66% 2004
7 New Zealand 67.74% 2004
8 Denmark 67.69% 2004
9 United States 66.26% 2004
10 Canada 65.63% 2004
11 Germany 56.33% 2004
12 Norway 52.41% 2004
13 Sweden 52.39% 2004
14 France 51.51% 2004
15 Italy 50.74% 2004
16 Finland 42.65% 2004
17 Belgium 40.53% 2004
18 Czech Republic 30.98% 2004
19 South Korea 30.85% 2004
20 Slovakia 29.34% 2004
21 Poland 29.32% 2004
22 Japan 25.64% 2004
23 Spain 23.38% 2004
24 Greece 19.05% 2004
25 Portugal 18.91% 2004


High income OECD countries Compared by Lifestyle > Society > Volunteering and social support > Volunteering > Donated money


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