You are welcome to use our data

Update: June 26, 2020

“Can I please use your data on giving and volunteering?” Yes you can! In fact, you are very welcome to use the data we have collected at the Center for Philanthropic Studies. The data from the Giving in the Netherlands Panel Study (GINPS) on households are currently being used by students in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht in statistics tutorials, by students in Amsterdam for Master Thesis projects, and by PhD candidates and established researchers around the world for academic research. The panel design allows for dynamic analyses of giving and volunteering, answering questions like:

  • How does volunteering affect the size and composition of social networks?
  • Are giving and volunteering substitutes or complements?
  • How does household giving change as people age?

To get access to the data, here’s what you will need to do.

  1. Go to the Open Science Framework page for the Giving in the Netherlands Panel Survey. You will find a Public Use File there and user manual describing the variables available. Page 17: The Public Use File covers the panel data from 2002 to 2019, including variables on household giving, volunteering, age, gender, marital status, level of education, province, household income, income from wealth, home ownership, religious affiliation and attendance. The file does not include the immigrant samples, the HNW samples, the oversample of Protestants and the oversample of respondents from an earlier survey for OC&W, nor does it include data from the extra wave conducted in 2015. Weighting variables are provided for each year.
  2. Check whether the variables you need are included in the Public Use File. If not, send a request to the data manager at cfs [at], describing the goal of your research and the variables required.
  3. Copy me at r.bekkers [at] and I will get back to you.

Note that if you just need aggregate statistics on giving and volunteering you will not need access to the micro-level data. You can probably find the data you need in our biennial ‘Giving in the Netherlands’ book. A summary in English of the 2015 edition is here. The English summary of the most recent 2020 edition is here.

User manual: all waves, 2002-2019 (in English)

Original questionnaires:

The data on corporate social responsibility and corporate philanthropy are less well documented, but also available to researchers.


Filed under corporate social responsibility, data, experiments, household giving, methodology, survey research, volunteering

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