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Pleasing results for NZ’s volunteering efforts

Media Release
Monday 16 December 2013

Pleasing results for New Zealand’s volunteering efforts on a global scale

Vanisa Dhiru, CEO of Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) and Sam Johnson have been in Macau last week attending the 14th IAVE conference.  The conference promotes shared learning on a global scale about the volunteer sector.  Their trip coincides with the release this week of the “World Giving Index 2013” report which showcases trends of giving throughout the globe.

The World Giving Index asks three main questions to participants around donations to charities, volunteer time contributed and helping a stranger, or someone you didn’t know.  The report collected data from 135 countries across the globe over the calendar year 2012.

New Zealand has placed well in all three categories. New Zealand has come second for giving in the world, a placing shared with Myanmar and Canada. For helping a stranger New Zealand placed sixth in the world and eighth overall for volunteering contribution.

Vanisa Dhiru says, “Consistently New Zealand is placed in the top ten for all three categories. VNZ are extremely proud of the results for New Zealand, and pleased with the findings of the index overall.”

Giving is a growing trend - the percentage of people giving has grown in relation to the findings from 2011 despite the current state of economic down turn.  Since 2011 the biggest increase in participation in volunteering has occurred in those ages 15-24.

The annual World Giving Index is released with the aim of shedding light on the current global state of giving. 2013 is the fourth edition of the Index. The United States took first place in countries that contribute the most to giving worldwide.www.cafamerica.org/wgi-2013

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of New Zealand organisations that have a commitment to volunteering, such as volunteer centres, national and other organisations.  Their mission is to promote, support and advocate for volunteering.  www.volunteeringnz.org.nz

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