New Irish data links volunteering to wellbeing

By on August 5, 2015

Ireland is the most recent country to have added questions about volunteering to a national household survey and to generate data about the number of persons that volunteer, the number of hours they dedicated and the types of activity carried out. The survey, conducted from July to September 2013, found that 28.4% of persons aged 15 and over volunteered nearly 233 million hours annually, and broke these data down by demographic variables, employment status, and geographic characteristics.
 
Interestingly, the same survey also contained questions about well-being in Ireland, permitting data on the two topics to be linked. In doing so, the researchers found that “Those who volunteered, whether they were male or female, were more likely to rate their level of satisfaction as ‘very high’ or high’ than those who did not volunteer,” (76.2% vs. 71.7%, respectively). Further, “those who rated their wellbeing in the ‘very high/high’ category were more likely to be carrying out volunteering work.”
 
More pronounced was the difference in how volunteers and those who did not volunteer answered the question: “To what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?” Among those who had volunteered, 84.3% responded “highly or very highly worthwhile,” while 75.6% of those who did not volunteer responded the same. In the context of age breakdowns, the disparity is even more stark: 90% of volunteers over 65 rated their activities as being highly or very highly “worthwhile,” as compared to 74% of those who did not volunteer – a 16% difference. And among the youngest cohort aged 16-24, respondents were almost 12% more likely to report that they were “happy yesterday” if they volunteered in the previous four weeks.

 
Visit the Central Statistics Office to explore the survey results and questions.
 
 

 

Reflections on Volunteers, Civil Society, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

By on July 16, 2015

In September, the United Nations will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an overarching set of collective objectives for the development of people and the planet that will replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on January 1, 2016. The

Measuring Volunteerism: Report on the UNV Side Event to the 46th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission

By on July 7, 2015

The text of this post is drawn from a report authored by the United Nations Volunteers, which is available for download here. Center Director Lester Salamon, spoke at this event. _________________________   The UN Volunteer programme’s side event to the

TSI Project: A statistical revolution in data on the third sector in Europe

By on June 10, 2015

The following is a news release from the Third Sector Impact project, a major effort underway in Europe to “understand the scope and scale of the third sector in Europe, its current and potential impact, and the barriers hindering the

Good news, and more good news, about the measurement of volunteer activity

By on June 8, 2015

This post originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of the International Association for Volunteer Effort’s (IAVE) e-newsletter, ahead of an upcoming webinar presentation to IAVE members about the features of the ILO Manual on June 23. ____________________________________________   Despite

A Win-Win Route Out of the Greek Debt Crisis

By on May 11, 2015

A new article by Center Director Lester Salamon, published today in the May-June edition of The World Financial Review, takes a look at a novel solution to the on-going Greek debt crisis. Rooted in his work exploring a phenomenon he

Statement from Lester Salamon on the recent events in Baltimore

By on May 1, 2015

A number of you have been kind enough to express concern about the health and safety of all of us at the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies following the reports of violence and looting in Baltimore earlier this

Cameroon releases its first NPI satellite account, providing inspiration for other countries

By on January 29, 2015

Cameroon became only the third African country to complete a satellite account on nonprofit institutions and volunteering since the 2003 publication of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. The only other African countries to

Statistics Norway releases nonprofit funding data for the first time

By on January 22, 2015

Statistics Norway recently released an updated report on its satellite account on nonprofit institutions (NPIs), resulting from their continued implementation of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. For the first time, this report includes

Into the New Year: The Center for Civil Society Studies and the Global Sustainability Agenda

By on January 13, 2015

In 2012, the United Nations began to explore how best to build upon its Millennium Development Goals, the set of objectives that has guided international development work over the past 15 years. With environmental degradation and global warming increasingly prominent

A Brave New World of Social Purpose Finance

By on December 8, 2014

This is the title of a new article in the November/December 2014 issue of The World Financial Review in which Center Director Dr. Lester Salamon examines the remarkable changes taking place in social purpose finance today. Below is a brief

Blog post series by William Burckart highlights “New Frontiers of Philanthropy”

By on November 24, 2014

New Frontiers of Philanthropy (Oxford University Press, 2014), an omnibus text examining the innovations taking place in the philanthropic field edited by Center Director Lester Salamon, is discussed in a new series of blog posts by New Frontiers contributing author

Revision of the UN Nonprofit Handbook underway

By on October 25, 2014

  In 2002, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies partnered with the United Nations Statistics Division and an international team of statistical experts to develop the first UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts.

Italy releases nonprofit census data, shows tremendous sector growth

By on October 20, 2014

Recently released data from the Italian National Institute for Statistics (ISTAT) 2011 Census of Nonprofit Institutions shows that the country is home to more than 300,000 nonprofit organizations, which represents a remarkable 28 percent increase since the last census was

NEWS RELEASE | A “win-win” solution for transforming the philanthropic landscape of the world

By on October 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   With the resources and capabilities of governments and private charity barely growing or in decline around the world, yet the problems of poverty, ill-health, and environmental degradation ballooning daily, it is increasingly clear that new energies,

NEWS RELEASE | Two new books from Lester Salamon explore the revolution under way on the frontiers of philanthropy and social investment

By on September 22, 2014

Oxford University Press and Lester Salamon Announce Two New Books: NEW FRONTIERS OF PHILANTHROPY and LEVERAGE FOR GOOD  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   With the resources of both governments and traditional philanthropy barely growing or in decline while

New data on volunteering in Italy

By on August 5, 2014

Italy is the latest country to implement the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, allowing the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) to collect national-level data on the amount and character of volunteering in Italy.   The survey

Two important volunteering policy developments

By on March 10, 2014

In recent months, there have been two important developments in volunteering policy that will impact the ongoing efforts to highlight volunteer labor in Europe and around the world.   First, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has officially adopted volunteering as

Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine

By on March 5, 2014

Today, we are pleased to release a new report highlighting the crucial role played by nonprofits in New York’s Westchester County.   The report, produced by our Nonprofit Economic Data Project in collaboration with Nonprofit Westchester with funding from the

Beating the Odds: The Center in 2013

By on December 19, 2013

According to Viking tradition, Loki, the uninvited 13th guest at a banquet of gods in Valhalla, orchestrated the assassination of Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and goodness. Reflecting this and similar stories, folkloric traditions around the world have

Meet Dr. Yuanfeng Zhang, Fall 2013 International Philanthropy Fellow

By on December 9, 2013

The Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program is a highly-selective program that welcomes one or two researchers from outside the U.S. to spend one or more semesters at our Center to conduct independent research on an aspect of the

Meet Tatsuaki Kobayasi, 2012-2013 International Philanthropy Fellow

By on December 3, 2013

The Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program is a highly-selective program that welcomes one or two researchers from outside the U.S. to spend one or more semesters at our Center to conduct independent research on an aspect of the

Nonprofits are: EMPOWERING

By on November 6, 2013

This post is one in a series exploring each of the seven attributes – being productive, empowering, effective, enriching, reliable, responsive, and caring – revealed in the Listening Post’s Nonprofit Values Survey in detail. Please visit the Nonprofit Values overview

Philanthropication thru Privatization: A way to build charitable assets?

By on September 30, 2013

I had the good fortune to be called out by name recently by celebrated Economist Magazine columnist Matthew Bishop for having put together his “dream conference” combining his “two favorite themes: privatization and philanthrocapitalism.”   The occasion for this comment

SAVE THE DATE: A discussion about the Future of Nonprofit America in NYC

By on July 22, 2013

On October 29th, please join us at the Foundation Center in New York as Center Director Lester Salamon hosts a panel discussion about where the nonprofit sector is heading, what its best path forward might be, and what it will