Volunteering in Israel

New 2006 Survey on Volunteerism in Israel

The survey was conducted in November 2006 among 502 individuals (a representative sample of the adult population in Israel). The results of the 2004 survey are shown in parenthesis for comparison.

 

1) Have you ever volunteered? (The definition of volunteer work is unpaid work for people other than first degree relatives, including internet volunteer work, and excluding volunteer work required by students)

 

                                                                                   

1 – No                                      56      (53)      

2 – Yes, at present                   16       (20)                  

3 – In the past                          28       (27)                  

Total                                        100%                          

 

 

Among Volunteers

 

2) How much time do/did you devote to volunteer work?

 

                                                8 yrs average               

 

 

3) Overall, how many hours a week or month do/did you devote to volunteer work?

 

 

                                                11 hrs/wk average       

 

 

4) Is/was your volunteer work part of the public service (hospital, citizen watch, school, prison etc) or any other activity run by the local authority?

 

1 – Yes                                   57                                                              

 

2 – No                                    41                               

3 – No answer                         2                                 

Total                                      100%                          

 

 

5) Are/ were you a member of a volunteer organization (like WIZO, Rotary, Bnei Brit etc.)

 

                                                                                   

1 – Yes                                  12                                                                               

2 – No                                    86                               

3 – No answer                         2                                 

Total                                      100%                          

 

 

 

6) Are/were you involved in volunteer activity through work or another business related organization?

 

                                   

1 – Yes                                  21                                                                               

2 – No                                    78                               

3 – No answer                         1                                 

Total                                      100%                          

 

 

7) Are/were you involved in volunteer work privately (not through any organization or formal body)

 

      

1 – Yes                                  60                                                                               

2 – No                                    38                               

3 – No answer                         2                                 

Total                                      100%                          

 

 

8) Are/ were you involved in volunteering via the internet

 

1 – Yes                                  3                                                                                 

2 – No                                    95                               

3 – No answer                         2                                 

Total                                      100%                          

 

 

9) Did you receive adequate training for the volunteer work you currently do/ did in the past?

 

                                                                                   

1 - No need for training: 15%                                                                                   

2 - I received adequate training before I started working: 26%                                    

3 – I received training while working:

47%                    

4 - I received before I started working, but it was inadequate    4%                                 

5 – I never received training                                                                  7%                                 

                              

                       

10) Does the organization in which you volunteer follow sound management practices?

 

1- Yes, definitely                    48

2- I think so                           31

3 - I think not                          4

4- Definitely not                      3

5- I volunteer privately              5

No answer                              9

Total                                      100%

 

 

11) Does the organization in which you volunteer/ed in serve the purpose for which it was established?

 

1 – Completely                         48

2 – Largely                               31

3 – Somewhat                          11

4 – Barely                                1

5 – Almost not at all                  5

6 – I volunteer privately              4

Total                                        100%

 

 

12) Some people argue that most of the issues that volunteer organizations deal with should be handled by the government. Others disagree. What do you think?

 

1 – Government should handle                                     60

2 – Not government's responsibility to handle                24

3 – Depends of the issue                                            16

Total                                                                         100%

 

 

13)  Do you think that the work of volunteers and volunteer organizations allows the government to shirk its responsibility to help the needy?

 

1 – Yes, largely                                                                        43    (33)

2-   Yes                                                                                   27    (24)

3 – Yes, but not significantly                                                     14    (14)

4 -  No                                                                                     13    (21)

No answer                                                                                3      (8)

Total                                                                                       100%

 

 

14)  Should donating money to a charity be considered volunteer work?

 

1- Yes                                                                                     49     (40)

2 – No                                                                                     50     (56)

No answer                                                                               1       (4)

Total                                                                                       100%

 

 

15)  Recently, some very wealthy people have funded various causes, instead of the government. Do you think it is justified, considering the country's economic situation, that private individuals should fund some projects instead of the government?

 

1 – Justified                                                                              52

2 – Not justified                                                                         46

No answer                                                                                2

Total                                                                                      100%

 

 

16)  Are you under the impression that volunteer organizations follow sound management practices?

 

 

1-     Yes, definitely                                                             8

2-     I think so                                                                    45

3-     I think no                                                                    19

4-     Definitely not                                                              10

No answer                                                                         18

Total                                                                                 100%

 

 

 

17) Do most volunteer organizations serve the purpose for which they were established?

 

1 – Completely                                                                            7

2 – Largely                                                                                  39

3 – Somewhat                                                                             36

4 – Barely                                                                                   7

5 – Almost not at all                                                                    6

6 – I volunteer privately                                                                 5

Total                                                                                          100%

 

 

18) Does the Israeli public tend to volunteer more or less, compared to past years?

 

1 – Less                                                                                      26    (32)

2 – Same as before                                                                      28    (22)

3 – More                                                                                     39    (33)

No answer                                                                                   7      (13)

Total                                                                                           100%

 

 

19) Currently, are you willing to take on volunteer work?

 

1 – Yes                                                                                  48

2 – I already volunteer                                                              16

3 – No                                                                                    36

Total                                                                                      100%

 

 

20) Do you know where to inquire in order to volunteer?

 

1 – Yes                                                                                 57

2 – No                                                                                   42

No answer                                                                             1

Total                                                                                     100%

 

 

 

Thank you to Dr. Mina Tzemach for conducting the survey.

Translation by Tamar Berman 

 


 

     



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