By the NGO Information and Support Centre
“Trust in the third sector – the activities of non-governmental organizations in Lithuania is constantly growing. Comparing the results of surveys conducted in 2012 and 2018, this year 20% more Lithuanians trust non-governmental organizations (from 32% in 2012 to 52% in 2018). The survey results confirm that these organizations work consistently, stably and transparently implementing their missions, representing the interests of citizens and providing public services. This gives us motivation to continue and to urge the Government to comply with the commitments in implementing the National Progress Strategy “Lithuania 2030″ and other commitments to this sector, such as the creation of a National NGO Fund”
said Martinas Žaltauskas, Head of NGO Information and Support Centre.
The NGO Information and Support Centre – is the main institution in the country representing interests of NGOs and aiming to ensure the balanced cooperation between non-governmental organizations and Government. Centre is working consistently to open up the opportunities for NGOs and communities to provide as many public services as possible in Lithuania. Despite high levels of trust, donations for civic or social initiatives and for non-profit organizations are decreasing. It is worth pointing out that even 62% of the population still does not assign their 2% of paid income tax to non-profit entities and instead of using their right to dedicate money for non-for profits, which they trust, they leave this decision for the Government. This shows us that we still need to advocate for the importance of active civil participation in the country.
NGO Information and Support Centre contracted the independent institution of public opinion and market “Vilmorus” to conduct a representative survey of Lithuanian residents for the purpose of knowing whether Lithuanians trust NGOs or participate in voluntary activities or whether trends in donations and support to non-governmental organizations are changing. All survey results and applied research analysis is published in Centre’s website.
NGO Information and Support Centre contracted the independent institution of public opinion and market “Vilmorus” to conduct a representative survey of Lithuanian residents.
Respondents: N = 1002, 18 years old and older citizens of Lithuania, from 23 cities and 31 villages. Selection method: multilevel, probabilistic selection. The selection of respondents is designed in such a way that every resident of Lithuania has the same probability of being interviewed.
The main results
Do you trust or do not trust the following Lithuanian institutions: Non-governmental organizations such like Maltesers, Red Cross, Caritas, animal care societies, sports clubs, etc.?
|I don‘t trust/ I totally don‘t trust||87||8,7%|
|Neither yes nor no||397||39,6%|
|I trust / I fully trust||518||51,7%|
Do you trust or do not trust the following Lithuanian institutions?
|Trust %||Don’t trust %|
|State Social Insurance Fund||47,8||13,6|
|National Audit Office||32,0||15,1|
Have you volunteered or are volunteering at the moment?
|Yes, I’m volunteering (now or in the last 12 months)||114||11,4%|
|Yes, I have volunteered (more than before last 12 months)||163||16,3%|
|I didn’t volunteer, but I would like to||156||15,6%|
|I’m not volunteering and I’m not going to volunteer||497||49,6%|
|Difficult to say / did not answer||73||7,3%|
Have you donated (for example, EUR 1, EUR 2 or more) to any civic – social initiative / non-profit organization during this year?
|Yes, I donated||539||53,8%|
|No, I didn‘t donate||461||46,0%|
Did you allocate your 2% of paid income tax to any non-for-profit organization? If yes, which one?
|Education institution (school, kindergarten)||144||14,4%|
|Health institution (hospital, policlinic)||41||4,1%|
* Other: local communities (2.1%); church/religious organization (1.3%). Other beneficiaries were mentioned even less frequently.