20 November, 2012
The non-profit sector is really important and produces benefits for all New Zealanders. It is a significant economic force, contributing 4.9 per cent to New Zealand’s GDP. At last count, there were 97,000 non-profit institutions, 90 per cent of which rely entirely on volunteers. The latest General Social Survey results showed that around 65 per cent of New Zealanders volunteer their time for someone in another household each month. Around 1.2 million volunteers give more than 270 million hours of unpaid labour to the non-profit sector. Volunteers around the country are providing essential services and contribute to improved social cohesion and stronger communities.
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