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46 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 5 (2017)

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                                                      Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
                                                                   2017, Vol. 46(l) 5-28
Investigating           Sim    ilarities                          @ The Author(s) 2015
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                                                           DOl: 10.1s177/0899764015619703
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Development of a Volunteer                                              OSAGE

Interest Typology

Alexander Maki' and Mark Snyder2

Given that volunteers perform a diverse range of behaviors aimed at helping distinct
causes, a more nuanced understanding of how types of volunteer behaviors are similar
and different would enrich both basic and applied perspectives on volunteerism. We
created and validated an inventory of individuals' interests in eight different types of
volunteering: administrative volunteering, helping animals, interpersonal helping (autonomy
or dependency),  donating, physical volunteering (built or natural environments), and
political volunteering. Grouping these eight types of positions into two general categories
(interpersonal and skills-based volunteer positions), we also examined convergent and
discriminantvalidity, linking interest in these positions to constructs from the volunteerism
literature (i.e., prosocial personality, volunteer motivations, and volunteer satisfaction).
This research demonstrates that volunteer behaviors can be classified into types, certain
individuals are interested in different types of volunteer behaviors, and volunteers engaged
in behaviors that match their interests express greater volunteer satisfaction.

volunteerism, satisfaction, prosocial behavior, behavior classification, scale construction

Among   the aspects of volunteerism deserving of more attention are the differences
and similarities between distinct types of volunteer behaviors. Given that little theo-
retical and empirical  work  has tried to systematically organize  these types  of

'Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
2University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Corresponding Author:
Alexander Maki, Vanderbilt Institute of Energy and Environment and Vanderbilt Climate Change
Research Network, Vanderbilt University, 159 Buttrick Hall, PMB 407702, 2301 Vanderbilt Place,
Nashville, TN 37240, USA.
Email: alexander.maki@vanderbilt.edu

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