ERIC Number: ED291290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Fund Raisers of Academe.
Carbone, Robert F.
This study was conducted to examine career development and professionalization in the fund-raising vocation in colleges and universities. A sample of 500 fund raisers was drawn from over 5,000 members of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education who say their primary responsibilities and interests are in fund-raising. A two-page questionnaire was sent to each, and 206 (a response rate of just over 40%) responded. The results included the following: (1) academic fund-raisers are predominantly middle-aged white men with a high level of educational attainment (a mean age of 40.5 years with 61% holding master's degrees and 23% doctoral degrees); (2) they are employed by relatively large institutions that offer both undergraduate and graduate study; (3) of the 204 reporting the number of years in their current position, only 16% have been in their current jobs for more than 5 years; (4) volunteer experiences were the major influence on the choice of fund raising as a career; (5) working in a development office was the single most important source of training in fund raising; and (6) upward mobility is more likely by moving to another institution. Suggestions are offered for the professionalization of the fund-raising field, and the meaning and implications of the results are discussed. (KM)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Career Development, College Administration, Educational Background, Educational Finance, Finance Occupations, Fund Raising, Higher Education, Institutional Advancement, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Mobility, Occupational Surveys, Professional Development, Professional Training
Clearinghouse for Research on Fund Raising, 3112 Benjamin Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Inst. for Research in Higher and Adult Education.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Dept. of Education Policy, Planning, and Administration.
Authoring Institution: Clearinghouse for Research on Fund Raising, College Park, MD.