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ERIC Number: ED512965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 223
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-8317-4
Attitudes and Perceptions about Private Philanthropic Giving to Arizona Community Colleges and Universities: Implications for Practice
Martinez, George Andrew
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
Wide disparity exists in philanthropic giving to public, two-year community colleges as compared to public, four-year universities. Recent estimates indicate that 0.5 to 5% of all private philanthropic giving to U.S. higher education annually goes to public, two-year community colleges, with the remainder going to public and private four-year universities. This same approximate disparity holds true for private philanthropic giving to higher education throughout Arizona. Despite receiving a dramatically smaller percentage of private philanthropic giving annually, community colleges in Arizona and nationally enroll more socio-economically disadvantaged students, more underrepresented minorities, more women, and more disabled students than do four-year universities. Also, community college students are more likely than their university counterparts to be the first in their families to enroll in college and are generally considered more likely to have family responsibilities. As a result, community college students frequently need various forms of financial assistance to be able to pursue, persist, and succeed in higher education. This research addressed this disparity, using the State of Arizona as a case study. Individual major gift donors' motivations for giving to Arizona's three largest community college districts (Cochise, Pima, and Maricopa) and three state universities (Arizona State, Northern Arizona, and University of Arizona) were explored through mixed methods: qualitative interviews of leaders and practitioners, informed and guided by a panel of national experts in resource development; and quantitative, anonymous surveys of major gift donors, based on categories that emerged from coded interviews. Using these methods and grounded theory, the study identified differences and similarities in perceptions about philanthropic giving to community colleges and universities among leaders, practitioners, and donors. Aggregated findings formed a new framework for understanding philanthropic giving by institutional type. Results affirmed how donors constructed meaning about their giving idiosyncratically; that institutional mission as a motivator to give mattered much more to some donors than to others; that donors generally desired to exert an impact and affect positive change through giving; and that "connectedness" was especially important to giving across institutional types and more socially exchange-oriented than other categories identified. The study concludes with specific recommendations for practice and future research. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona