The German Survey on Volunteering (FWS) covers a wide range of information on the living conditions of volunteers and non-volunteers and the context of voluntary activities.


The FWS focuses mainly on the following topics:

  • Societal areas of volunteering
  • Main contents of voluntary acitivities
  • Management or board positions in voluntary acitivities
  • Time spent on voluntary work
  • Qualification in volunteering
  • Payments and reimbursement in voluntary work
  • Motives for volunteering
  • Organizational structures in voluntary work
  • Individual resources of volunteering (socio-economic status, health, social integration)
  • Volunteering of people with migration background
  • Voluntary services
  • Memberships
  • Informal support outside the volunteering 
  • Political participation
  • Monetary donations
  • Regional differences (administrative districts, East and West Germany)

The complete survey instruments of the FWS can be downloaded here