Key figures

 

Number of registered charities: 18,000

 

Total income to charities: €4.3 billion

 

Largest subsectors, by cause:
• churches and religion (€968 million)
• social and community (€617 million)
• sport and recreation (€569 million)
• international development (€520 million)
• healthcare (€463 million)
• environment (€360 million)
• culture (€352 million)
• education and research (€231 million)

 

44.6% of the population volunteers at least once a week.

 

 

Individual giving

 

The average Dutch household donated €270 to charity in 2007, with total household donations at €1,945 million.

 

The most popular causes are :
• international aid
• welfare
• environment 
• health.

 

The most common methods of giving are:
• collections
• direct mail
• face-to-face
• membership
• legacies

 

 
Research

 

In 2008, charities received less support from industries and legacies, largely as a result of the economic downturn. It is expected that demand for services will continue to increase, with a parallel decrease in income. Decreases in income are expected to continue over the next 3 years.

 

(Giving in the Netherlands 2007)

 

Further information

 

• Nederlands Genootschap van Fondsenwervers (Dutch Fundraising Association)
• VFI brancheorganisatie van goede doelen (umbrella organisation of charitable organisations)