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intrinsic valuesRecruiting and retaining volunteers is a challenge for any Non-Profit-Organisation. A recent study, done by St. Martin staff Paul Mathubi, shows that intrinsic rewards, like a sense of meaningfulness and progress, prove to be very important for volunteers.

Recruiting and retaining volunteers is a challenge for any Non-Profit-Organization. A recent study, done by St. Martin CSA staff Paul Mathubi, shows that intrinsic rewards, like a sense of meaningfulness and progress, prove to be very important for volunteers.

The study interviewed a number of volunteers about their perceived intrinsic values and the importance they give to them. Intrinsic rewards are the benefits the volunteers get from their engagement that cannot be converted to money. The four main intrinsic rewards include a) A sense of meaningfulness: The volunteer is convinced that his/her support serves a meaningful goal. b) A sense of choice: The volunteer can choose himself/herself what, when and how much he/she wants to contribute. c) A sense of competence. The volunteer can bring in his/her own skills and gifts and also increase them while contributing or serving, and finally, d) A sense of progress: The volunteer can see a clear outcome of his/her activities that lead towards the goal of the organization. 

This study finds that these intrinsic values contribute to a high degree to recruiting and retaining volunteers. As one of the key values of St. Martin CSA is voluntarism, we will have to take these findings into account when working with its volunteers.

You can find the full study in the University of Nairobi Research Archive

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    emmanuel kizito nyon · 6 months ago
    many organizations are struggling to maintain volunteers for a longer period. the findings presented here from the study by one of your staff gives an insight on how to work with volunteers. the highlighted issues act as a guide in looking for volunteers. as an inspiration, its important to give them an opportunity to freely choose what to give back to the community in terms of their desires in life.
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Paul Mathubi · 5 months ago
      Thank you Emmanuel for your appreciation. Indeed this field is the least invested in by many researchers. kindly share this report with your friends or organizations working with volunteers for the best interest of the vulnerable.
      Mathubi