Motivations for Community Participation: A Case Study Among Two Brattleboro, VT Non-profit Volunteer and Low-income Stakeholders

Miranda Davis, SIT Graduate Institute


Motivation factors are explored through self-determination theory aimed to inform two Brattleboro, VT nonprofits of how they might effectively increase participation. Westgate Housing Inc.(WHI) board leadership and Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) staff case studies, are used to examine attitudes and beliefs about roles and stakeholders, respectively. Furthermore, WHI, the affordable housing organization aims to increase volunteerism and VAL, the low- income adult learner stakeholders, aims to maintain student persistence. Each of the nonprofit organizations’ sustainability was dependent upon a certain number of their respective stakeholder’s consistent participation.