Philanthropy in Numbers

Philanthropy includes every voluntary private action for a charitable purpose. On this page we would like to present you some interesting facts about philanthropy in Switzerland.

 
  • The estimated value of monetary donations by private households was 1.8 billion CHF in 2017 (ZEWO Spendenstatistik, 2017; Swissfundraising Spenden- und Imagebarometer, 2017).
  • The average estimated amount of donations per household in 2017 was approximately CHF 300 (median) (Swissfundraising Spenden- und Imagebarometer, 2017).
  • 82% of all Swiss households donated in 2017: 84% of households in German-speaking Switzerland, 84% of households in Italian-speaking Switzerland and 77% of households in French-speaking Switzerland (Swissfundraising Spenden- und Imagebarometer, 2017).
  • In 2017, more women (85%) than men donated (80%) (Swissfundraising Spenden- und Imagebarometer, 2017).
  • Different age groups donated differently in 2017. Around 65% of 15-34 year-olds, around 88% of 35-54 year-olds, and around 91% of 55-99 year-olds donated (Swissfundraising Donation and Image Barometer, 2017).
  • While 18% of households did not make donations in 2017, around 31% of households made one donation, around 19% of households made two donations and around 32% made three or more (Swissfundraising Spenden- und Imagebarometer, 2017).
  • The top 3 donation themes (number of donations) in 2017 were: «children and young people» (54%), «people with disabilities» (53%) and «social and emergency aid» (47%) (Swissfundraising Spenden- und Imagebarometer, 2017).
  • The highest increase in donations 2017 compared to the previous year was in the following areas: «Religion and Church» (+5%), «Poverty reduction in Switzerland (+5%)» and «Culture» (+4%) (Swissfundraising Spenden- und Imagebarometer, 2017).
  • In 2017, companies donated a total of 71 million Swiss Francs to the 496 statistically recorded organizations with the ZEWO seal of approval (ZEWO Spendenstatistik, 2017).
  • The total donation volume of companies amounts to approx. 1 billion Swiss Francs in 2009 (from Schnurbein/Bethmann 2010, Amman, 2004)
  • People who are actively involved in voluntary work spend 12.8 hours per month for formal (e.g. board member in the sports club) and 15.2 hours for informal (e.g. neighbourhood help) voluntary work (Bundesamt für Statistik, 2016).
  • In 2016, 42.7% of the population aged 15 and over did voluntary work.(Bundesamt für Statistik, 2016).
  • The total amount of formal and informal voluntary work is estimated to be 665 million hours per year. This equals 80 million working days. By using the labour costapproach, these hours worked can be valued at approximately 41 billions Swiss Francs (Bundesamt für Statistik, 2015).
  • There are 13,169 charitable foundations in Switzerland. The total amount of their endowments adds up to around 97.4 billion CHF (Swiss Foundation Report, 2018; 2019).
  • The annual payout of Swiss grant-making foundations is estimated to be 1.5 - 2 billion CHF (Swiss Foundation Report, 2015).
  • Over 85% of the charitable foundations administer an endowment of less than 5 million CHF(Swiss Foundation Report, 2015).
  • The share of charitable foundations that have been founded since 2000, is at 41.6%. (Swiss Foundation Report, 2016)
  • Basel-Stadt is the canton with the highest density of foundations (with 45.1 foundations per 10'000 residents). Zurich is the canton with the most foundations in Switzerland (2,223 in total) (Swiss Foundation Report, 2019).
  • An estimated number of 76'438 associations exist in Switzerland (Helmig et al., 2010).
  • In 2016, around 2.8 million members were part of 19'487 sports associations (1.99 million of them as active members). In 1995, 3.4 million members were counted in 27'090 sports associations (Lamprecht et al., 2017).
  • All of the unpaid hours of work in the third sector in Switzerland add up to approximately 80'000 full time positions (Helmig et al., 2010).
  • Amman, Herbert / Bachmann, Ruth / Schaller, Riccarda (2004): Unternehmen unterstützen Freiwilligkeit, Zürich: Seismo Verlag.
  • Bundesamt für Statistik (2013): Freiwilligenarbeit - Periode 2013. Neuenburg: Bundesamt für Statistik.
  • Bundesamt für Statistik (2015): Satellitenkonto Haushaltsproduktion - Periode 2013. Neuenburg: Bundesamt für Statistik.
  • Bundesamt für Statistik (2016): Unbezahlte Arbeit 2016. Neuenburg: Bundesamt für Statistik. 
  • Eckhardt, Beate / Jakob, Dominique / von Schnurbein, Georg (2015): Der Schweizer Stiftungsreport 2015. CEPS Forschung und Praxis Bd. 14. Basel: Center for Philanthropy Studies.
  • Eckhardt, Beate / Jakob, Dominique / von Schnurbein, Georg (2016): Der Schweizer Stiftungsreport 2016. CEPS Forschung und Praxis. Bd. 15. Basel: Center for Philanthropy Studies
  • Eckhardt, Beate / Jakob, Dominique / von Schnurbein, Georg (2017): Der Schweizer Stiftungsreport 2017. CEPS Forschung und Praxis. Bd. 17. Basel: Center for Philanthropy Studies.
  • Helmig, Bernd / Lichsteiner, Hans / Gmür, Markus (2010): Der Dritte Sektor der Schweiz. Länderstudie zum John Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP). Bern: Haupt Verlag.
  • Lamprecht, M. / Bürgi, R. / Gebert, A. / Stamm, H.P. (2017): Sportvereine in der Schweiz: Entwicklungen, Herausforderungen und Perspektiven. Magglingen: Bundesamt für Sport BASPO.
  • Swissfundraising Spenden- und Imagebarometer (2016): Spendenmarkt Schweiz 2016: Swissfundraising. 
  • von Schnurbein, Georg (2009): Der Schweizer Stiftungssektor im Überblick - Daten, Tätigkeiten und Recht. Basel: Center for Philanthropy Studies.
  • von Schnurbein, Georg / Bethmann, Steffen (2010): Philanthropie in der Schweiz. Basel: Center for Philanthropy Studies.
  • ZEWO Spendenstatistik (2016): ZEWO-Spendenstatistik 2016So spendenfreudig war die Bevölkerung 2016: ZEWO Stiftung.