Date of Award

Fall 12-7-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

School

Education

Committee Chair

DR. LILIAN HILL

Committee Chair School

Education

Committee Member 2

DR. THOMAS LIPSCOMB

Committee Member 2 School

Education

Committee Member 3

DR. RICHARD MOHN

Committee Member 3 School

Education

Committee Member 4

DR. ERIC PLATT

Committee Member 4 School

Education

Abstract

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to identify characteristics and motivations of Mississippi community college donors. The researcher interviewed the lead administrator in charge of fundraising at 11 of the 15 participating Mississippi community colleges and asked them what they believed were characteristics and motivations of community college donors in Mississippi. The findings of the study suggest that the majority of Mississippi community college donors are white males, over 60 years of age, that live within the community college’s district.

Furthermore, this study revealed that relationships, donor recognition, participation in extracurricular activities, and belief in the community are motivators to give. Corporate giving is also an important part of community college fundraising. These factors can all contribute to the whole picture of identifying characteristics and motivations of Mississippi community college donors.

ORCID ID

0000-0003-1721-0664

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