As a major national asset for promoting social development, volunteer groups have grown rapidly worldwide and have brought significant benefits to individuals, communities, and society in general. Volunteering is encouraged and common among Muslims in the Middle East, but there is rare study on why they volunteer. This study used multiple regression to explore what motivates Saudi male university students to volunteer with a sample of 223 subjects. The results show that all predictor variables such as pro-social personality, values function, career function, social function, enhancement function, protective function, and learning function of volunteering, community identity, institutional facilitation, and Islamic cultural motivation, are statistically significantly correlated to students’ volunteering intentions, but these factors contribute to the ordinary least square regression model at different levels. Only career (B = 0.217), social (B = 0.212), learning (B = 0.280), and enhancement functions (B = 0.230) of volunteering have statistically significant influence on Saudi university male students’ volunteering intention. Findings highlight a need for a focus on instrumental needs of volunteers by government and NGOs. In regards to future research, gender and educational impacts on volunteers’ motive should be explored.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The project was funded by KFUPM (JF100010).
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- Islamic motivation
- Saudi male university students
- Volunteering motives
- community identity
- functions of volunteering
- institutional facilitation
- prosocial personality
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science