Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Louann Bierlein-Palmer

Second Advisor

Dr. Sharon Peterson

Third Advisor

Dr. William Anderson


Fund raising, Effective fund raising, Community colleges, Fund raising practices, Public community colleges


This quantitative survey research gathered perceptions of Chief Development Officers (CDO’s) at public community colleges across the U.S., with 129 respondents.

Of the items rated most highly, CDO’s perceived that their presidents effectively communicates their institution’s mission to internal and external constituents; their college has made unique contributions to their community; their college fund raising program has effectively defined a niche in their service area; their investment/stewardship program has advisors successfully guiding investment; they have successful oversight over investments; and they have a successful process for selecting their investment advisors.

Multiple regression analysis examined the predictors of potential elements of effective fund raising at public community colleges. Results indicate that Alumni Leadership; Definition and Communication of Institutional Niche, Image, and Mission; Donor Relations, Institutional Commitment to Fund Raising; and Years Served as Chief Development Officer at the college are predictors of 24% of variability in a successful fund raising program.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access