Managing Volunteering Behaviour: The Drivers of Donations Practices in Religious and Secular Organisations

23 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2014

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Madalena Abreu

Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), BRU-IUL, Lisboa, Portugal; ISCAC, Coimbra Business School

Raul Laureano

ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Rui da Silva

ISCTE-IUL

Pedro Dionísio

University Institute of Lisbon (IUL) - CIES-IUL, ISCTE (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology)

Sharifah Faridah Syed Alwi

Brunel University London - Brunel Business School

Date Written: July 16, 2013

Abstract

The present research deals with donations practices and the extent to which drivers of donations practices contribute to volunteering behavior. The paper aims to deepen the understanding of the relationship between volunteerism and key drivers in donating behavior and donations practices, thus allowing charities to pursue more efficient ways in which to elicit volunteer work as well as better manage fundraising practices. It is argued that gender, age, religious affiliation, compassion, altruism, egoism, and religiosity impact on the level of volunteerism of the donor.

A sample of 612 Portuguese donors was selected from within a population of donors that donate regularly to charitable institutions. The key findings of the current study are grounded on the idea of interaction between the volunteering behavior of a donor and both his level of religiosity and his religious affiliation. With regard to other drivers of donations practices, it was found that both altruism and compassion are positively correlated with donor volunteerism.

Suggested Citation

Abreu, Madalena and Laureano, Raul and da Silva, Rui and Dionísio, Pedro and Faridah Syed Alwi, Sharifah, Managing Volunteering Behaviour: The Drivers of Donations Practices in Religious and Secular Organisations (July 16, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2380085 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2380085

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Raul Laureano

ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa ( email )

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Av. Professor Anibal Bettencourt
Lisbon, 1649-026
Portugal

Rui Da Silva

ISCTE-IUL ( email )

Av. das Forças Armadas
Lisboa, 1649-026
Portugal

Pedro Dionísio

University Institute of Lisbon (IUL) - CIES-IUL, ISCTE (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology) ( email )

Av. das Forças Armadas
Av. Professor Anibal Bettencourt
Lisbon, 1649-026
Portugal

Sharifah Faridah Syed Alwi

Brunel University London - Brunel Business School ( email )

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Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

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