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ERIC Number: ED564644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-2481-0
Why Alumni Give: How Campus Environment and Sense of Belonging Shape Nontraditional Students' Intent to Give Financially to Their University
Miller, Myra E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
Institutions of higher learning are dependent on financial giving from alumni, individuals, companies, foundations, and organizations whose gifts help strengthen the core of the university. Donations improve academic programs, fund research, enhance student life, provide better facilities, and assist with initiatives of the institution. Universities largely identify and target traditional students as the core financial givers surrounding alumni development. Nontraditional students are a growing donor pool due to advancement of technology which has increased enrollment numbers through satellite campuses, evening programs, and online instructional formats. The nontraditional student population is an untapped funding source of individuals who qualify as social investors to give charitable funds to their alma mater. Very little research and understanding of financial giving behaviors of nontraditional students has been researched. This study examines how campus environment and sense of belonging shape nontraditional students' intent to give financially to their university as alumni. Sense of belonging and intent to give were measured using a survey instrument developed by the researcher and validated. This study of 569 students, from four campus environment groups at a private liberal arts university, found that the campus environment a student physically attends as part of a university degree program of study is significantly related to their sense of belonging to the university. The campus environment is also significantly related to intent to give. There is a strong and significant relationship between sense of belonging and a student's intent to give financially to their university as alumni. When looking at intent to give and its relationship to campus environment when controlling for sense of belonging, the statistically significant relationship does not hold up. Sense of belonging is a more important variable in regard to intent to give. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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