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Statistics on Volunteering

Data reported by official sources, usually governments, around the world.

Evaluating by Comparisons: Watch out for the Traps!, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2001
A Great New Report to Praise, Criticize, and Use, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2004
It's Time to Start Counting Volunteers Seriously, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2001
Mystifying Data: Can America's Promise Get Away with It?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
Troubling Numbers in Volunteering Rates, Paul Clolery, The NonProfit Times, 2014
Universal Standards vs. Your Own Situation, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2003
Wouldn't It Be Nice to Really Know, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2006

By Emily Hoban Kirby, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, and Surbhi Godsay, from CIRCLE/Civic Youth.

, 2011, pp. 23
Corporation for National and Community Service Research and Policy Reports

Various reports and studies on volunteering in the US, especially on youth service and AmeriCorps.

Giving and Volunteering in the Americas

From the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, this complete online journal issue contains more than 30 articles by various authors on some aspect of philanthropy, volunteering, corporate social responsibility, and more in Central and South American countries (particularly Brazil, Peru, and Mexico).

Nonprofits Canada

Site with research findings and reports on the voluntary sector in Canada, with many items on volunteering.

Volunteer Canada - Engaging Volunteers

How-to resources on many volunteer management topics, most free for download or for sale in printed form.

Volunteering in America

Interactive site from the Corporation for National and Community Service, offering six years of data on volunteering, rankings of states and cities, and volunteer trends and demographic information for every state and 162 large and mid-sized cities.

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Last Updated: March 24, 2015