Key figures


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.



Individual giving


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)



Further information

• Fundraising Verband Austria