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ERIC Number: ED540611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-6759-0
Characteristics of Florida's Education Foundations and the Relationship to Revenue Generation
Carlson, Stacy
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
The purpose of this study is to better understand the characteristics that lead to revenue generation in K-12 education foundations. I reviewed higher education and K-12 education fundraising research literature to identify factors that might be related to success in private revenue generation. The review revealed three key factors explored throughout this research study: the school superintendent, the education foundation's board of directors, and the education foundation's highest paid executive. The review of the literature provided a means for extracting the information that offered a more detailed analysis of the identified factors. Survey questions were developed to elicit information on individual behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, and facts about education foundations related to these three key organizational positions. This researcher examined individual and organizational characteristics from a sample of education foundations in Florida. The data for the study were drawn from the 2011 administration of the Education Foundations of Florida Survey, which was created specifically for this study. The sample included 30 education foundations from a field of 55 education foundations in Florida. The study included t-test comparisons and analysis of variance (ANOVA) to compare between-group differences. Sequential multiple regression analyses were used to explore the effects of the combination of multiple independent variables that best explain revenue generation. The results of this study indicate a relationship among the education foundation's revenue, the level of the executive director's behavior in fundraising activities, and the total number of the education foundation's board members. The results suggest that merely having an executive director is not enough to generate revenue for an education foundation. The executive director's active engagement in fundraising activities may impact revenue. Also, by having a large board of directors, the education foundation may broaden its influence and ability to attract an increased number of donors. A larger board of directors could lead to increased revenue. Furthermore, no evidence supported the idea that the age of the foundation, private sector representation on the board of directors, employment status of the executive director, years of executive director's fundraising experience, years served as executive director, the board of directors and superintendent's level of involvement in fundraising, or the board of directors and the executive director and superintendent's beliefs about fundraising engagement influenced revenue generation. The results of this study can support school districts and education foundations that seek to engage in fundraising activities, particularly from private sources, such as corporations, individuals, and private foundations. The findings suggest that education foundations might benefit from employing an executive director who frequently engages in fundraising activities. Additionally, increasing the size of the board of directors could also contribute to greater amounts of revenue. It is recommended that school districts and education foundations engage collaboratively to support an organizational structure for the education foundation that will lead to increased fundraising capacity and revenue generation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida