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ERIC Number: EJ1285090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Feb
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2680
Not Just the Raising of Money: Hampton Institute and Relationship Fundraising, 1893-1917
Smith, Troy A.
History of Education Quarterly, v61 n1 p63-93 Feb 2021
This article examines the workings of Hampton Institute's external relations program to show how the school developed loyal supporters and donors. By 1900, Hampton was the wealthiest school for African Americans, and its philosophy--stressing vocational education and forsaking political equality--was at its most influential during this time, attracting numerous followers as well detractors. Little has been written about how Hampton actually raised money and few have explored in any detail why it was so successful in fundraising. Hampton's leaders developed a comprehensive, state-of-the-art external relations program that forged meaningful connections with its supporters. Hampton's coordinated outreach efforts were highly effective at getting its message to its target audience--wealthy White Northerners--making them feel closely connected to Hampton and its students, as well as making them feel, through their support of Hampton, that they were part of solving the so-called race problem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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