Statistics on Volunteering

Data reported by official sources, usually governments, around the world.

Doing Good by the Young and Old: Forty Years of American Volunteering, Robert T. Grimm, Jr. and Nathan Dietz, The Nonprofit Quarterly, 2016

Analysis of the 40 years of data about volunteering in America.

Evaluating by Comparisons: Watch out for the Traps!, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2001
A Great New Report to Praise, Criticize, and Use, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2004
It's Time to Start Counting Volunteers Seriously, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2001
Mystifying Data: Can America's Promise Get Away with It?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
Troubling Numbers in Volunteering Rates, Paul Clolery, The NonProfit Times, 2014

Editorial on the data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Universal Standards vs. Your Own Situation, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2003
Value of Volunteering, Betsy McFarland, Energize Hot Topic, 2020
Wouldn't It Be Nice to Really Know, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2006

By Emily Hoban Kirby, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, and Surbhi Godsay, from CIRCLE/Civic Youth.

, 2011, pp. 23
Corporation for National and Community Service Research and Policy Reports

Various reports and studies on volunteering in the US, especially on youth service and AmeriCorps.

Nonprofits Canada

Site with research findings and reports on the voluntary sector in Canada, with many items on volunteering.

Volunteering in America

Interactive site from the Corporation for National and Community Service, offering six years of data on volunteering, rankings of states and cities, and volunteer trends and demographic information for every state and 162 large and mid-sized cities.

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book cover Measuring the Impact of Volunteers

Presents the innovative Volunteer Resources Balanced Scorecard measurement and planning tool for aligning volunteer effort with organizational goals and effectively assessing the impact of that effort. 

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