Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2017, 65, 997-1006

https://doi.org/10.11118/actaun201765030997
Published online 2017-07-03

Chosen Aspects of Non‑Profit Sector and Volunteering in Slovakia

Beáta Gavurová1, Marek Grof2, Tatiana Vagasova3

1Department of Banking and Investment, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Kosice, B. Nemcovej 32, 040 01 Košice, Slovak Republic
2Department of Economic Theories, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Kosice, B. Nemcovej 32, 040 01 Košice, Slovak Republic
3Department of Finance, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Kosice, B. Nemcovej 32, 040 01 Košice, Slovak Republic

The significance of voluntary activities in Slovakia constantly increases as it is one of the fundamental areas, which is of particular interest to chosen communities as well as the general public, with the scope of these activities exceeding religious or social groups and national character. The current situation of voluntary activities is not satisfactory and there is an absence of primary research studies that would provide a relevant and complex overview of the volunteering system. Further worsening the situation is the fact that volunteering actions were not even defined in the legal system until 2011. Evaluation of the existing situation and development of voluntary activities realized in Slovakia is carried out using a questionnaire survey, identifying the fundamental barriers of its development and evaluating the potential for implementing new challenges and trends. The most problematic issue is area of financing, closely related to non‑governmental sector financing issues. A lack of understanding by the donors concerning the process of investing in volunteers, even in high quality programs, is also an important problem, along with the lack of legislation and mistrust. Organization and volunteer motivation was also investigated.

Funding

This work was supported by the VEGA project No. 2/0004/12 Paradigms for Future Changes in the 21st Century (geopolitical, economic and cultural aspects).

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