In the era of the post-financial meltdown and aging demographics nonprofit organizations are struggling to offset declining donations through volunteer services. Consequently, volunteer recruitment, training and retention have been identified as crucial to maintain the viability of nonprofit entities. Research directed at identifying predictors for volunteering may enable modifications to volunteer planning and programming by nonprofit managers, potentially expanding the volunteer base, thereby contributing to enhanced sustainability.
Engaging students through Service-Learning (SL) pedagogy has been widely adopted as an effective method to promote community engagement, ethical values, and cognitive skills, as well as promoting future volunteerism. This paper builds upon the SL frameworks which define the contextual factors impacting SL outcomes by exploring the student experience in a Leadership Development course offered at an undergraduate focused Canadian university, identifying factors controlled by community organizations that enhance, or discourage, future volunteerism. Results showed significant effects for contextual factors controlled by the community organizations on student indicators of future volunteerism. Implications for nonprofit managers and the faculty structuring of SL experiences are also discussed.
|Keywords:||Service-Learning, Volunteerism, Sustainable Nonprofit Organizations|
Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Graduate Student, University of Saskatoon, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Associate Professor, Mount Royal University, Alberta, Canada