Press release №2348
12.07.2021
A COUNTRY OF THOSE WHO CARE

IN BRIEF

  • Non-governmental organizations are beneficial to society, according to 38% of Russians
  • 85% of Russians consider that the government should help volunteers, activists of social movements and non-profit organizations
  • Over the recent 4-5 years every fourth Russian (24%) has given toys and different items to child care homes, every fifth (21%) has paid money into the accounts of people in need, 16% gave alms, 15% paid money into the accounts of charity institutions.

May 13, 2021. VCIOM presents the findings of a survey about the activities of non-governmental institutions in Russia.

Thirty-eight percent of Russians believe that non-governmental organizations are beneficial; 13% consider that their activities are of little benefit; 49% know nothing about it.  Russians aged 35-44 (51%), those aged 60 and older (46%), residents of Moscow and St Petersburg (48%), and respondents with higher and incomplete higher education (44%) are more likely to believe that non-governmental organizations benefit society.  

Most of Russians (85%) consider that the government should help volunteers, social movement activists and non-profit organizations. They are opposed by 8% of respondents.

Russians have given to charity over the recent 4-5 years:  every fourth respondent (24%) has given toys and different items to child care homes or rest homes; every fifth (21%) has paid money into the accounts of people in need; 16% gave alms; 15% paid money into the account of charity institutions; 7% participated in volunteering, 6%, in charities.

Those who are actively involved in charities are largely Russians aged 25-34 and 35-44 (in both age groups 27% of respondents gave items to child care homes; 24% paid money into the accounts of people in need, 21% gave money to charitable organizations), as well as Russians who have higher and incomplete higher education diplomas (28% donated items to child care homes, 28% paid money into the accounts of people in need, 21% gave money to charities). Young Russians aged 18-24 are more likely to have taken part in volunteering (20%) and charitable activities (14%). Forty percent of respondents did not take part in such activities.

Compared to 2019, the share of those who participated in charitable/volunteering activities has increased by 20 p.p. (from 20% in 2019 to 40% in 2021).

According to half of Russians (62%), the activities of non-profit organizations increase the level of trust between people; 6% oppose this view; 15% believe that non-profit organizations do not have any impact on the trust levels.

Almost three-quarters of Russians (72%) think that the control of citizens and non-profit associations over the government’s commitment to fulfill its responsibilities should be strengthened; 16% think that this should not be done. This idea is often supported by Russians aged 60 and older (82%) and Russians with higher or incomplete higher education (77%).

Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on May 2, 2021. A total of 1,600 of Russians aged 18 and older took part in the survey. Results are based on telephone interviews. Stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers was used. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes to the wording of questions and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

 

Various non-governmental, non-profit, volunteer organizations created on a voluntary basis are operating in Russia. They are trade unions, political, environmental and religious organizations, etc. In your opinion, are the activities of these organizations of great or little benefit in our region? Or do you not know anything about the activities of non-profit organizations in our region? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 +
Of great benefit 38 35 40 51 40 46
Of little benefit 13 18 9 7 12 10
I know nothing about the activities of NGOs  49 47 51 42 48 44
Various non-governmental, non-profit, volunteer organizations created on a voluntary basis are operating in Russia. They are trade unions, political, environmental and religious organizations, etc. In your opinion, are the activities of these organizations of great or little benefit in our region? Or do you not know anything about the activities of non-profit organizations in our region? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Moscow and St Petersburg Million-plus cities 500-950 thousand inhabitants 100—500 thousand Less than 100 thousand Rural area
Of great benefit 38 48 40 40 36 32 38
Of little benefit 13 10 16 12 16 16 10
I know nothing about the activities of NGOs  49 42 44 48 48 52 52
Various non-governmental, non-profit, volunteer organizations created on a voluntary basis are operating in Russia. They are trade unions, political, environmental and religious organizations, etc. In your opinion, are the activities of these organizations of great or little benefit in our region? Or do you not know anything about the activities of non-profit organizations in our region? ( closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents )
  Total respondents Incomplete secondary education Secondary education (school, vocational school) Specialized secondary education  (technical school) Incomplete higher (not less than three years in a higher education institution), higher  education
Of great benefit 38 31 33 34 44
Of little benefit 13 4 12 14 14
I know nothing about the activities of NGOs  46 60 53 50 38
Don’t know 3 5 2 2 4

 

In your opinion, should the state and governmental agencies in general help volunteers and activists of social movements or non-profit organizations? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  2019 2021
Rather yes 88 85
Rather no 6 8
Don’t know 6 7

Have you personally given to charity or participated in any volunteer activities over the recent four-five years, or not? If so, what kind of activities? (closed-ended question, any number of  answers, % of total respondents)
  2007 2009 2017 2019 2021
I gave toys, different items (to child care homes, rest homes,  residential care homes) 19 18 27 30 24
I paid money into the accounts of people in need (for treatment, surgery, etc.)   4 5 32 26 21
I gave alms 36 32 30 24 16
I paid money into the accounts of charities, foundations 4 3 17 20 15
I participated in volunteering (i.e. I worked voluntarily at crisis centers, hospitals, rest homes, social services)  3 2 6 9 7
I took part in the organization of or have been to charity events (concerts, exhibitions, charitable lotteries, auctions) 4 2 8 10 6
Other  (specify ) - - - 2 11
No participation in charities 50 53 30 30 40
Don’t know 0 1 1 1 2

 

Have you personally given to charity or participated in any volunteer activities over the recent four-five years, or not? If so, what kind of activities? (closed-ended question, any number of  answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 +
I gave toys, different items (to child care homes, rest homes,  residential care homes) 24 20 27 27 24 20
I paid money into the accounts of people in need (for treatment, surgery, etc.)  21 12 24 24 20 21
I gave alms 16 14 24 15 16 13
I paid money into the accounts of charities, foundations 15 6 21 21 13 10
I participated in volunteering (i.e. I worked voluntarily at crisis centers, hospitals, rest homes, social services)  7 20 8 7 5 2
I took part in the organization of or have been to charity events (concerts, exhibitions, charitable lotteries, auctions) 6 14 7 6 7 2
Other  (specify ) 11 9 11 9 11 11
No participation in charities 40 39 35 39 36 49
Don’t know 2 4 1 1 2 2

 

Have you personally given to charity or participated in any volunteer activities over the recent four-five years, or not? If so, what kind of activities? (closed-ended question, any number of  answers, % of total respondents )
  Total respondents Incomplete secondary education Secondary education (school, vocational school) Specialized secondary education  (technical school) Incomplete higher (not less than three years in a higher education institution), higher  education
I gave toys, different items (to child care homes, rest homes,  residential care homes) 24 22 19 20 28
I paid money into the accounts of people in need (for treatment, surgery, etc.)  21 8 13 18 28
I gave alms 16 14 12 17 18
I paid money into the accounts of charities, foundations 15 1 7 11 21
I participated in volunteering (i.e. I worked voluntarily at crisis centers, hospitals, rest homes, social services)  7 6 6 4 9
I took part in the organization of or have been to charity events (concerts, exhibitions, charitable lotteries, auctions) 6 1 3 4 10
Other  (specify ) 11 7 8 11 12
No participation in charities 40 59 53 43 31
Don’t know 2 3 2 1 2

 

In your opinion, do the activities of various non–profit organizations have an impact on the level of trust between people, or not? If so, do they make the trust levels go up or down? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
No impact 15
They make the trust levels go up 62
They make the trust levels go down 6
Don’t know 17

 

In your opinion, should the control of citizens and civic associations over the government’s commitment to fulfil its duties and responsibilities be strengthened, or not? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 +
The control should be strengthened  72 52 65 73 74 82
The control should not be strengthened  16 35 22 18 12 7
Don’t know 12 13 13 9 14 11

 

In your opinion, should the control of citizens and civic associations over the government’s commitment to fulfil its duties and responsibilities be strengthened, or not? ( closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Incomplete secondary education Secondary education (school, vocational school) Specialized secondary education  (technical school) Incomplete higher (not less than three years in a higher education institution), higher  education
The control should be strengthened  72 66 65 71 77
The control should not be strengthened  16 20 21 14 15
Don’t know 12 14 14 15 8

 

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