Scientific Use File Deutscher Freiwilligensurvey (SUF FWS) 2014, Version 1.3

Resource Type
  • Hameister, Nicole (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)
  • Kausmann, Corinna (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)
  • Müller, Doreen (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)
  • Simonson, Julia (
  • Vogel, Claudia (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)
  • Tesch-Römer, Clemens (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)
Publication Date
Publication Place
  • Infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaften GmbH, Bonn (Data Collector)
  • Projekt Freiwilligensurvey am Deutschen Zentrum für Altersfragen (Research Group)
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen
  • DZA Scheme:
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Pedagogy
Free Keywords
voluntary work; voluntary engagement; civic engagement; honorary office; volunteering potential; donations; voluntary activity; association; club; support; assistance; motives; civil society; organisation; life satisfaction; participation; charitable; informal support; care; social integration; political participation; migration background; regional; survey
  • Abstract

    The German Survey on Volunteering (FWS) is a representative survey of voluntary activities of persons aged 14 and older in Germany. Volunteering and the willingness to volunteer can be reported and described among population groups and across regions. Additionally, volunteers as well as former volunteers and other persons who do not volunteer can be studied. The FWS provides a substantial database for the description of volunteering in Germany and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). Up to now data of the Survey on Volunteering (FWS) have been collected in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. Since December 2011 it has been scientifically managed and supervised by the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA). The interviews of the fourth wave were conducted by infas - Institute for Applied Social Sciences in 2014.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-04-28 / 2021-11-01
Sampled Universe

Germany (DE)


Random sample of individuals aged 14 years and older, landline and mobile phone with regional stratification according to the Häder-Gabler-method. Alongside German as the main interview language, respondents were offered the opportunity to respond in five foreign languages.

Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 28690
    Number of Variables: 400
    Type of Data: SPSS and Stata
further survey years: 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2020
The anonymised data sets of the FWS are available for secondary analysis. The data has been made available to scientists at universities and research institutes exclusively for scientific purposes. The use of data is subject to written data protection agreements. Interested scholars fill out the application form, receive and sign a data distribution contract and then gain password-protected access to data and documentation.
Rights of use are held by the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin.
CC BY-NC 4.0
  • Is required by
    DOI: DOI 10.5156/FWS.2014.M.004 (Dataset)

Update Metadata: 2021-06-15 | Issue Number: 38 | Registration Date: 2019-01-25