This thesis explores factors contributing to likelihood of contribution on the part of College alumni to their Alma Mater institutions, as well as an investigation of the motivations for such giving. The project suggests that demographic variables including: age, race, gender and status as an international student may affect giving as well as membership in a religious organization and participation in volunteer activities. Emotional attachment to the institution as measured through the nature of the respondents memories of their time at college and their involvement in the institution, may also contribute to motivations for philanthropy. Research findings presented in this study based on survey data show that age as well as status as an international student has a significant effect on the likelihood of contribution.


Hurst, Charles E.


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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