Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



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As colleges and universities throughout the United States face economic downturns that translate into budget reductions, hiring freezes, and academic program dissolution, it is becoming increasingly more pertinent to secure valuable alumni donations to meet the financial and budgetary needs of these institutions. African American alumni of Predominately white Institutions (PWIs) have often been an overlooked resource for colleges and universities soliciting philanthropic donations. This study will explore the relationship between African American alumni and their Predominately white alma maters and how this relationship affects philanthropic giving to the institutions. In addition to exposing the stimulus for giving to their alma mater, the study will also explore the experiences of the alumni as undergraduates that motivated their desire to give. Through use of case study methodology and a cross-case analysis, the researcher will capture the narratives of participants selected from a population of African American alumni of Acme State University and A&M College. The researcher will apply a cross-case analysis when exploring the data in the hopes of exposing commonalities that influence the alumni/alma mater relationships as well as themes that impact philanthropic giving of African American alumni to their Predominately white alma mater



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Committee Chair

Fasching-Varner, Kenneth



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