In the last two decades, growing numbers of colleges and universities have started to focus specifically on fundraising for student affairs, raising money for everything from facilities to scholarships to student food banks to support for students from diverse backgrounds. Student affairs professionals of all levels must have a strong understanding of fundraising in order to be good campus partners, avoid fundraising missteps and, most importantly, help the division of student affairs garner donations that will impact student success.
Student Affairs Fundraising: Raising Funds to Raise the Bar provides readers with history, background, detailed context, and relevant examples of the people, schools, tools, and methods for successful sector-specific fundraising within divisions of student affairs. Each chapter highlights fundraising strategies and resources, as well as hands-on exercises to help readers hone their fundraising skills. The book provides expert insight and guidance on
- the history of higher education and student affairs fundraising;
- processes for implementing student affairs fundraising, including various forms of fundraising and best practices;
- cultivating donors and enhancing donor relationships specific to student affairs;
- understanding fundraising structures and creating a culture of giving for student affairs;
- forming cross-campus development partnerships and collaborations;
- legal and ethical issues;
- fundraising during a crisis; and
- designing and planning fundraising initiatives such as support for veterans programs and identity-based fundraising.
As public resources for higher education continue to decline, philanthropic support for colleges and universities will become even more critical. Featuring examples of programs and projects successfully implemented at a wide array of institutions as a result of successful fundraising endeavors, Student Affairs Fundraising is essential reading for novice through experienced fundraising professional.
Praise for Student Affairs Fundraising
“Student Affairs Fundraising is an excellent book that provides a wonderful explanation of how fundraising works and its importance in student affairs. The topics portray a meaningful path for the reader to learn from the authors while also better understanding the development work that takes place within colleges and universities.” —Tom Jackson Jr., President, Black Hills State University
“As more foundations become focused on college student success and more colleges and universities seek resources to support their diverse student populations, fundraising in the area of student affairs becomes crucial. Student Affairs Fundraising is the essential book to be reading if you want to garner resources for your students.” —Marybeth Gasman, Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education; Director, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions; University of Pennsylvania
“Student Affairs Fundraising demystifies fundraising in higher education and translates the process to a student affairs context. Filled with practical tips and resources, I highly recommend this book for all student affairs professionals seeking to develop their skills in this important area.” —John Wesley Lowery, Professor and Department Chair, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
“Scholars of student affairs have shown the benefits to college student retention and success when there are strong student supports and cocurricular activities. However, these offices and programs are expensive and often are not considered core budget items at many universities. Therefore, more and more student affairs divisions are looking toward philanthropy to support their mission. It is at this nexus point that Student Affairs Fundraising is written. Higher education fundraisers have historically looked to best practices to guide their work. This collection continues that tradition, by giving student affairs professionals the ability to learn from those who have had success at engaging donors to support students.” —Noah D. Drezner, Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University; Founding Editor, Philanthropy & Education
“Not only does this book give the rationale and inspiration for student affairs fundraising, but also amazingly practical tools to use. This is a book to go back to again and again for ideas, questions to ponder, and sample documents.” —Todd Jensen, Senior Director of Development, Purdue University
Paperback | 2019 | 150 pages