A Functional Approach to Senior Volunteer and Non-volunteer Motivations Academic Article uri icon


  • Understanding volunteer motivation has been widely recognized by both researchers and administrators as a valuable component of management of volunteers. This paper utilized the multifactor functional approach derived from theories on attitudes to examine the motivations of active seniors that volunteer and those that did not volunteer. In general, the results supported the use of the multifactor functional approach (using the Volunteer Function Inventory scale) with seniors involved in human service organizations. Findings suggested several considerations for volunteer administrators to promote volunteerism among current volunteers and those with a desire to volunteer.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yoshioka, C. F., Brown, W., & Ashcraft, R. F.

publication date

  • January 1, 2007 11:11 AM