Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. James A. Davenport

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Warfield

Third Advisor

Dr. Jack Asher


The Purpose. The purpose of this study was to define the organizational and operational structures of four year state university related foundations. An additional purpose was to compile a listing of all four year state university related foundations in the United States.

Methodology. Data were obtained through the use of a questionnaire mailed to all four year state universities in the United States. The questionnaire was divided into two parts. Part one included a series of three demographic questions which identified the respondent at a certain level in each of three categories, number of students, kinds of degrees and number of alumni. Part two applied only to respondents of university related foundations and defined the characteristics of these foundations according to the responses to fourteen questions.

Results. In so far as the techniques employed may be valid, the following conclusions seem justified: (1) The relative majority of foundations were begun in the years 1960 to 1969. (2) Most foundations chose flexibility of operations as the primary reason for initiating their foundation. (3) Virtually all foundations have a Board of Directors. (4) Those categories of people most frequently represented on the Board of Directors are corporate officials, university administrators and women. (5) Most foundations have one to two professional and secretarial/clerical staff members. (6) Most foundations begin their fiscal year in July and end in June. (7) Foundation budgets, investments, donor numbers and dollars raised are generally related to the size of the university which the foundation serves. (8) Most foundations have annual fund, corporate and foundation solicitation programs. (9) Most foundations have written policies on investments, expenses, operations, deferred gifts and general fund raising.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access