Determinants of Alumni Giving Rates

  • Terry N
  • Macy A
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This manuscript examines the determinants of alumni giving rates. The
data set is derived from U.S. News & World Report and comprises 196 educational
institutions. The combination of decreased state funding for education and
increasing costs of education has increased the need to find alternative sources of
funds. Alumni donations provide the funds needed along with the signal that alumni
are proud of their alma mater. Regression results indicate that the primary
determinants of alumni giving rates are institutional acceptance rate, amount of
average student debt, percent of students receiving Pell Grants, cost of room and
board, value of the institution's endowment, public versus private institutions,
percent of full-time students, and percent of female students.

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  • Neil Terry

  • Anne Macy

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