Volunteers' motivations: A functional strategy for the recruitment, placement, and retention of volunteers

E. Gil Clary, Mark Snyder, Robert Ridge

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Abstract

A psychological strategy for understanding the motivational underpinnings of volunteerism is described. In a presentation that merges the theoretical interests of researchers with the practical interests of volunteer administrators, six different motivational functions served by volunteerism are identified, and an inventory designed to measure these motivations is presented. The implications of this functional approach for the recruitment, placement, and retention of volunteers are then elaborated. Finally, recommendations are provided for volunteer administrators who seek to increase the number of people who volunteer and to improve their human resource management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-350
Number of pages18
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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