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More Singaporeans volunteering, but for shorter periods

Published on Jan 31, 2013 11:52 AM
 
Ms Lille Tien, a volunteer with Food From The Heart, signs for the bread and pastries she receives from Grand Hyatt Singapore, then drops them off at a collection centre to be sorted and packed for distribution that evening. More Singaporeans are volunteering, but these individuals are spending less time volunteering, says a survey on volunteerism and philanthropy in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

More Singaporeans are volunteering, but these individuals are spending less time volunteering, says a survey on volunteerism and philanthropy in Singapore. The survey, which has been conducted since 2000, covered 1,512 individuals aged 15 and above.

The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, which conducted the 2012 Individual Giving Survey said that 32.3 percent of individuals in Singapore volunteered, making it a record high. The previous high was 23.3 percent in 2010.

The survey, which is carried out every two years, notes that the growth in informal volunteers as a major reason behind the record number of volunteers.

Despite the rise in volunteer numbers, the average number of volunteer hours fell from 104 in 2010 to 72 last year. Total donations were steady and came in at $1.1 billion, a slight increase from 2010's $1.07 billion. Occasional giving was preferred by donors, and those who earned below $1,000 monthly gave the highest proportion of their income.

 
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