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dc.contributor.authorMartinez, Teresa Anaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:52:10Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:52:10Z
dc.date.issued1998-05-14en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-71798-145547en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36908
dc.description.abstractMotivations and Characteristics of Active and Nonactive Members Belonging to Natural Resource Nongovernmental Organizations Teresa Ana Martinez I surveyed members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC) to assess the motivations of active and nonactive memebrs in these nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). I investigated the effects of social networks, competing commitments, requests for participation and the belief of the efficacy of their actions on decisions to become and remain active members. I found that requests are important tools for recruiting new members but not the determining factor in the decision to participate. Rather, in both NGOs, active members indicated that the efficacy of their actions was most important in their decisions, while nonactive members cited the importance of competing commitments. I also investigated what leads to burn out and attrition of active members. Burn out and attrition in active members often resulted from a lack of personal satisfaction and growth from contributions. Active members who had experienced burn out donated more hours, had been members and active longer, and in the RMEF needed more recognition than those members who had not experienced burn out. Volunteers who discontinued participation also cited age, health, and personal reasons, Recruitment and retention of volunteers may be aided by increasing the awareness of volunteer programs, ensuring the programs provide results that individuals are proud of, requesting the participation of individuals on both local and higher organizational levels, and recognizing volunteers for their contributions.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectNongovernmental Organizationsen_US
dc.subjectRetentionen_US
dc.subjectRecruitmenten_US
dc.subjectVolunteerismen_US
dc.subjectBurn Outen_US
dc.subjectSurveyen_US
dc.titleMotivations and Characteristics of Active and Nonactive Members Belonging to Natural Resource Nongovernmental Organizationsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentFisheries and Wildlife Sciencesen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFisheries and Wildlife Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMcMullin, Steve L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberParkhurst, James A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHull, Robert Bruce IVen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-71798-145547/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-05-14en_US
dc.date.rdate1999-08-18
dc.date.adate1998-08-18en_US


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