Systematic review of motives for episodic volunteering

Dunn, Jeff, Chambers, Suzanne K. and Hyde, Melissa K. (2015) Systematic review of motives for episodic volunteering. Voluntas, 27 1: 425-464. doi:10.1007/s11266-015-9548-4

Author Dunn, Jeff
Chambers, Suzanne K.
Hyde, Melissa K.
Title Systematic review of motives for episodic volunteering
Journal name Voluntas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0957-8765
Publication date 2015-02-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11266-015-9548-4
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 425
End page 464
Total pages 40
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Although episodic volunteers are a critical resource for many organisations, their motives for volunteering are poorly understood. A systematic review was conducted to describe empirical evidence about motives for episodic volunteering (EV) across sectors (sport, tourism, events, health and social welfare). Identified EV motives were then categorised using core functions from the Volunteer Functions Inventory (VFI) for comparison across studies. Twelve databases (1990–December 2014) were searched. Thirty-three English language studies included results describing EV motives. Studies were predominantly cross-sectional, quantitative, event-based and originating in North America. Measurement of motives was also inconsistent. Common motives were helping others and socialising. Physical challenge and healing motives were specific to sport-based events and charity sport events, respectively. Over 80 % of motives were classified using VFI functions, particularly enhancement, values and social functions. The VFI supplemented by qualitative work may be efficacious to further identify EV motives and retention strategies.
Keyword Episodic volunteering
Systematic review
Volunteer Functions Inventory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
Official 2016 Collection
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