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.

The report "Freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland - Der Deutsche Freiwilligensurvey 2019" (Volunteering in Germany - The German Survey on Volunteering 2019) is available open access (in German) at Springer VS.

Key results of the German Survey on Volunteering 2019 in form of a short report are published (in German as well as in English).

The data set containing all indicators of the survey 2019 in form of a scientific use file (SUF) 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 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.