Perceived social support: The motivation of individuals to become members of a charity boards of trustee

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Dunne, Emily
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BA (Hons) in Social Science
Dublin Business School
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This research explores the motivation that inspires individuals to become a trustee on a charity board. At present, many studies focus on the feel-good factor of volunteering for society whilst mainly concentrating on the volunteer who supports charitable organizations in the day to day practices. This research, primarily deliberates on the skilled individual who takes on the role of trustee of non-profit organizations, such as charities which, many have become central to the effective workings of our society. For this study, qualitative, one on one interviews were conducted with four board of trustee’s members, two males and two females from different charity boards. The data was then transcribed and input to Nvivo to evaluate using thematic analysis to attain the findings. Written consent was obtained from all participants. The outcome of this study agreed in the comparisons of the motivation of the volunteer within charity organizations and volunteering at trustee level. In the findings, we conclude that the individuals who act as charity trustees on non-profit or charities, are fully aware of the onerous duties and responsibilities that they undertake. This study also finds that the role of the trustee in many essential charities is paramount to the workings of effective Society. The personal determination of the individual to make a positive commitment to the community and the willingness to, not just volunteer, but actively participate, pro bono, as trustee, is a critical force in the non-profit sector.