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Applicability of Leisure Theory to Managerial Views on Volunteerism in a Volunteer Managed Nonprofit Organisation: Some Preliminary Findings

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  • 350000 Commerce
  • Management
  • Tourism And Services
  • School Of Hospitality Tourism And Marketing


This paper explores whether a leisure perspective explains volunteer motivations as perceived by managers of one event-based nonprofit organisation - Victoria’s Open Garden Scheme. The results identify that a leisure perspective does not explain all motivations, as some volunteers are socially motivated by a desire to give back to their community. Other motivations are less positive and less voluntary than is expected of leisure and volunteering in a traditional context. Suggestions are made for further research and managerial implications in regards to managing volunteers.

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