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The Hon Minister for Social Services Christian Porter MP, Deputy Chair to the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership has recently released the latest findings on business and individual giving and volunteering in two reports.
- Giving Australia 2016 Business Giving and Volunteering
- Giving Australia 2016 Individual Giving and Volunteering
Volunteering Australia CEO Adrienne Picone said, “Volunteering Australia is proud to be recognised as a sector partner in the largest-ever research conducted on giving and volunteering in the country”.
The Business Giving and Volunteering report primarily focus is on contribution from small, medium and large businesses from the Australian non-for-profit sector.
Key highlights from the report include:
- Business volunteering in the workplace is increasing, with 63% of large companies having a workplace volunteering program, 30% of mid-sized businesses, and 6% of small business (though many small businesses indicated they would like to get involved in workplace volunteering)
- Almost 90% of large businesses reported allocating more resources to volunteering, compared to 10 years ago, and wanted to see more of their workforce participating in workplace volunteering
- Almost three-quarters of large businesses or 72%, indicated they encouraged employee giving by allocating paid time for volunteering
The Individual Giving and Volunteering report provides information on volunteering, current trends, innovations and challenges to various issues including volunteer’s time and money.
Insights from this report include:
- An estimated total of 932 million hours was volunteered during 2016
- Females volunteered an average of 138 hours during the year (46.9%), while males volunteered an average of 130 hours (40.3%)
- Those who volunteered (87.4%) also engaged in charitable donation