Local communities in Japan are struggling to increase the number of participants in volunteer activities in order to revitalize local life. To maintain the enthusiasm of active volunteers and entice new volunteers, a new type of reward to increase motivation is needed. Accordingly, community currencies (hereafter, CCs) have been introduced as a reward in an attempt to provide such a source of motivation. In particular, local residents have been expected to participate in volunteer work more frequently in return for receiving CCs; however, there is no evidence yet as to whether CCs arouse their motivation to do volunteer work. In this study, we investigated whether CCs play a role in raising local residents’ motivation to do volunteer work. Our conclusion is that even some people with a no-reward orientation are likely to have their motivation raised by CCs, rather than diminished. This result shows that their perception towards CCs and cash is dramatically different though CCs have the same monetary value as cash.

International Journal of Community Currency Research
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)

Kurita, K.-. ichi ., Yoshida, M., & Miyazaki, Y. (2015). What Kinds of Volunteers become more motivated by Community Currency?. International Journal of Community Currency Research, 19(D), 53–61. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/78664