The German Survey on Volunteering (FWS) is a representative survey of voluntary activities of persons aged 14 and older in Germany. Volunteering and the willingness to volunteer are recorded through telephone interviews and can be reported and described among population groups and across regions. Additionally, volunteers as well as former volunteers and other persons who do not volunteer can be studied. The survey is thus a basic instrument for social accounting on volunteering.

First results of the German Survey on Volunteering 2019 in form of a short report are now published (in German). A corresponding short report in English will follow by early summer. The main report is scheduled for summer 2021.

The data set containing the indicators of the short report can be requested free of charge at the Research Data Centre of the DZA. The data of the surveys 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014, as well as documentation material are available for users for scientific research at the Research Data Centre of the DZA. The data set with all indicators of the survey 2019 will be available after the publication of the main report on the German Survey on Volunteering 2019.

The report "Freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland - Der Deutsche Freiwilligensurvey 2014" (Volunteering in Germany - The German Survey on Volunteering 2014) is available open access (in German) at Springer VS, as well as the appendix of tables. A short version of the findings is available here (in English).

The German Survey on Volunteering is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). Since December 2011 the survey is scientifically managed and supervised by the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA). The interviews of the fourth wave 2014 and the fifth wave 2019 were conducted by infas – Institute for Applied Social Sciences in 2014.

The following scientific staff from the DZA is involved in the survey

 Corinna Kausmann
Corinna Kausmann
Deputy Head
Dr. Julia Simonson
Dr. Julia Simonson
Principal Investigator
Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Römer
Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Römer
Principal Investigator
 Nora Karnick
Nora Karnick
Scientist
 Stefanie Hartmann
Stefanie Hartmann
Research Assistant
 Eileen Jahnke
Eileen Jahnke
Research Assistant
 Marlen Drewitz
Marlen Drewitz
Student Assistant
 Katharina Köhler
Katharina Köhler
Student Assistant
 Sarah Kuschmierz
Sarah Kuschmierz
Student Assistant