Number of charities: more than 190,000 non-profit organisations are recorded in various official registers but the workplace and business census accounts for only 11,005 non-profit organisations. The main reason for this discrepancy is due to the small very size of most non-profits which are generally run by volunteers.
Total income: €4,044 million (2005)
(Statistics Austria/Institute for Social Policy 2007)
Sources of income:
- public sector (50%)
- earned income (37%)
- philanthropy (13%)
Education and research, social services and religious organisations are the most dependent on public sector funding, with this funding representing 60-70% of their total income.
Estimates of the total value of fundraised income to non-profit organisations vary from €300 – €350 million.
Approximately 116,400 people were thought to work for non-profit organisations in 2001. A household survey in 2000 also suggested that volunteers represented the equivalent of a further 222,000 full-time employees working in non-profits.
1.2 million donors give more than once per year, with an additional 3.9 million giving once or less a year. To add some context, the total population of Austria is approximately 8.3 million.
The most popular methods of giving are:
- via a payment form (e.g. through direct mail) (used by 59% of donors);
- door-to-door (used by 40% of donors);
- direct debit (used by 9% of donors);
- online (used by 4% of donors); and
- SMS (used by 4% of donors).
In terms of fundraising, the most popular causes are:
- children in Austria (38% of giving)
- animals (22% of giving)
- emergency aid in Austria (18% of giving)
- children abroad (15% of giving)