Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Giving and Volunteering in the United States

08/01/2004

Giving and Volunteering in the United States
Name: Giving and Volunteering in the United States
 
Funder(s): The Independent Sector
 
General Description: The Giving and Volunteering in the United States survey collects information on the giving and volunteering habits of Americans. The survey asks about individual volunteering habits in the 12 months prior to the survey and about household giving during the year 2000.
 
Design (cross-sectional vs. longitudinal; periodicity; mode of administration): Cross-sectional. The Giving and Volunteering in the United States survey is a random digit dial (RDD) telephone survey administered between May and July. The survey was conducted biennially from 1988 through 1998. In order to move the survey away from traditional elections years, the survey was administered in 1999 and will continue to be collected biennially.
 
Population: This survey is representative of all noninstitutionalized adults 21 years of age or older in the U.S.
 
Sample Selection and Description: The sample included 4,216 adults 21 years of age or older. The survey over-sampled for of Hispanics, blacks, and affluent Americans with household incomes of $100,000 or higher. Subsampling of males was also implemented in order to increase their probability of selection to boost the ratio of males versus females in the final sample. Questions about contributions were asked at the household level, whereas questions about volunteer activities were asked at the individual level. Attitudinal or opinion questions were also asked at the individual level.
 
Website: http://www.independentsector.org/programs/research/gv01main.html
 
Age of Respondent: 21 years and older
 
Age of Child: Not applicable
 
Indicators: Volunteering as a family

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