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EMAC 2022 Annual

How VR can Boost Inspiration and Increase Donations

Published: May 24, 2022


Mariana Berga Rodrigues, Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL); Flávia Lopes, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa; Sandra Loureiro, ISCTE-IUL


One of the major challenges that non-profit organizations face is inspiring people to be concerned about issues that seem geographically and emotionally distant. The aim of this study is to explore how Virtual Reality (VR) can boost inspiration and encourage potential donors to contribute to nonprofit fundraisings. To achieve this aim, a three group between-subjects experiment was conducted to examine how varying the degree of immersiveness of a short documentary about a remote health issue influences user reported social and spatial presence, inspiration, and donation intention. Findings reveal that perceived media richness gradually increases the user's spatial presence. Then, the positive effect of social and spatial presence on customer inspiration was tested and successfully verified. Finally, customer inspiration increases donation intention.