Take a look at the following video by RSA Animate. It discussed some research that has been conducted into the types of rewards that motivate humans.
According to the many studies that were highlighted in this video, people are not necessarily motivated by monetary rewards. This piece of information is important to any volunteer administrator, since the majority of volunteers don't receive any kind of monetary reward. People volunteer because they are motivated to use their skills to make a contribution. I have found this to be true among my 4-H volunteers. They give their time and their skills because they want to contribute to the positive development of our 4-H members. I have even experience this concept myself--as a college student, I spent my spring breaks traveling to rural or low income areas to make a difference in those communities. I was not paid to go on these trips, and even had to fundraise to pay for the cost of transportation, food, and lodging.
|Our Alternative Spring Break Group at the St. Luke's Center in Flint, MI.|
Lastly, be intentional with your programs and your use of volunteers. As I mentioned previously, my volunteers don't like to attend meetings just for the sake of a meeting. Similarly, don't utilize your volunteers for programs that are simply created to add to your numbers. With monetary reward off the table, volunteers will become more engaged when they are using their skills for a bigger purpose in the organization.