Reasons for not volunteering: Explaining differences related to gender, age, education, occupation and previous volunteering.

Sarah Dury, Jurgen Willems

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Abstract

Research on volunteering has mainly focused on the explanatory demographics and functional motives to volunteer, but little is known about the reasons that people might have not to volunteer. However, these reasons need more academic attention, as they form the barriers that organizations have to overcome when attracting new volunteers. We examine a sample of 1248 respondents on whether they volunteer, are interested in volunteering, or have no interest to volunteer. We verify whether demographic differences exist between these groups. By means of an exploratory factor analysis, we analyze the reasons not to volunteer for those who have no interest to volunteer. This complements earlier research by focusing on the barriers that people might have, instead of the benefits of volunteering that have extensively been documented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages726-745
Number of pages20
Volume37
No.11-12
Specialist publicationService Industries Journal
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • boundaries
  • Volunteer management
  • volunteer motives

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