Noah D. Drezner

Noah D. Drezner
Columbia University | CU · Department of Organization and Leadership

PhD

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September 2014 - present
Teachers College, Columbia University
Position
  • Associate Professor, Higher Education
August 2008 - August 2014
University of Maryland, College Park
Position
  • Associate Professor, Higher Education

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Publications (35)
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Institutions of higher education are relying on philanthropy and fundraising at a greater level than ever before seen. This increased focus has led scholars to investigate various predictors regarding which alumni are likely to give and which are likely to give the most. To date, however, scholars have not yet examined the role of timing and when a...
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Background/Context Government support for higher education has decreased over the past few decades. In turn, institutions are seeking alternative sources of funding and increasing reliance on alumni giving. Although trust is important to social institutions and nonprofits, we know little about the role of trust in alumni engagement. Purpose/Object...
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The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship of undergraduate and alumni experiences with financial giving to and participation with undergraduate alma maters for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) alumni. We employed a quantitative design with descriptive and regression analyses generated from the LGBTQ alumni surve...
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Using a constructivist case-study analysis, we explore philanthropy toward higher education among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) alumni, examining the role of advancement staff and alumni advocates in engaging LGBTQ alumni to promote individual and community uplift. Data come from focus groups with 37 advancement staff and 2...
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Allegations and assumptions of fiscal mismanagement at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have existed since their founding and continue today. There is little evidence that these claims, fueled by the media, legislatures, and often accrediting agencies, are actually truer than fiscal mismanagement at predominantly White instituti...
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In a very interesting and informative book, Edward St. John, Shouping Hu, and Amy Fisher look at different educational interventions intended to improve college access for first-generation and/or low-income, working class students. Breaking Through the Access Barrier: How Academic Capital Formation Can Improve Policy in Higher Education focuses on...
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According to Gara La Marche, president and chief executive officer of The Atlantic Philanthropies, “racial history and racial identities infuse every aspect of life … no separation of the personal and professional [is possible].”1 Such is the case, too, with gender: to understand the role of race and gender in the philanthropic and nonprofit world,...
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The findings of this book are drawn from the writings and teachings of nonprofit and foundation leaders. In order to understand these leaders’ perspectives, it is necessary to be familiar with their lives and careers. This chapter presents a short biography of each of these leaders. As part of the Third Millennium Initiative, the Center on Philanth...
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For the leaders featured in this book, the road to success had many twists and turns. They came from different backgrounds—poor, rich; urban, rural—but all worked hard to attain higher education. All had supportive parents who taught them the value of working hard and actively encouraged them to succeed. Some landed in the philanthropy and nonprofi...
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For many of these third-sector leaders, school provided as much of a formative experience as home and community. School was the site of the secondary socialization named by Cushner et al. as one of three stages of identity development. In line with Cross’s Tatum’s notion of racial identity development, it was also the place where many leaders repor...
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Although these philanthropic leaders differ in terms of race, gender, geography, generation, and socioeconomic status, the similarities between them greatly outweigh the differences. Given their backgrounds, their ascent into leading roles within the foundation and nonprofit world makes sense. From their family and neighborhood environments to thei...
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All of the world’s religions ask their followers to give of themselves through wealth and service. Whether according to the concept of tzedakah in Judaism, the idea of charity in Christianity, or the belief of zakat in Islam, there is an understanding that anyone, no matter how meek, can give of himself or herself to help others. Religion’s influen...
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Although among the respondents to our research there were as many family situations as there were leaders, common themes stood out, particularly in the area of education and community. In this chapter we examine the various background influences that shaped the lives of these nonprofit leaders. As well as the home environment, we also examined the...
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Presented in this chapter is a case study of African American female STEM majors attending a historically Black women's college. We offer numerous implications for future research based on institutional characteristics that help explain women's achievement and high rates of STEM degree attainment.
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Colleges and university missions often espouse ideals such as creating an active and engaged citizen. The concept, principles and manifestation of citizenship can take many forms. One such form is that of prosocial behavior, or voluntary actions towards others. Philanthropy is one example of prosocial behavior. This study enhances our knowledge of...
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African Americans give a larger percentage of their disposable income to non-profits than any other racial group, including Whites. However, there is a lack of literature on Black giving to higher education. This lack of research is particularly acute in our current state of decreased funding to higher education. This case study of the United Negro...
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The Oram firm was really a different animal. We cherished a strong anticorporate corporate culture, we were cause-driven, and we served liberal and left-wing counter-cultural organizations. Since its founding in 1939, the Oram Group has been a maverick in the field of fundraising, lending its expertise to the areas of education, welfare, social ac...
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Over the past decade, the numnber of Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native students attaining bachelor's degrees in science and engineering fields has increased substantially. In 2004, 13.9% of all bachelor's degrees in science and engineering fields were awarded to students from these three groups, up from 11.2% in 1995 (Hill & Green,...
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This paper traces the rise of corporate philanthropy in terms of its support of Black colleges, explores financial support overall of Black colleges during the 1960s and 1970s, and describes the relationships between corporations and private Black college leaders.International Journal of Educational Advancement (2008) 8, 79–92. doi:10.1057/ijea.200...
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This study uses case study analysis to explore the ways that Spelman College, a historically Black women’s college, promotes the attainment of African American women in STEM fields. Although limited to one institution, the findings shed light on the ways that institutional characteristics, policies, and practices may mitigate the barriers that limi...
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African Americans give a larger percentage of their disposable income to nonprofits than any other racial group, including Whites. However, there is a lack of literature on Black giving to higher education. This lack of research is particularly acute in our current state of decreased funding to higher education. This study enhances our knowledge of...
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Member colleges of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), like most other colleges and universities, require voluntary support in order to balance their budgets and achieve their institutional missions. While acknowledging the need for alumni support as a result of decreases in funding from federal and state governments, many private and public inst...
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The nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are diverse. Although we discuss them as a category based on their historical racial makeup, these institutions are in fact quite different from one another. According to the government’s definition, black colleges are bound together by the fact that they were established prior to 19...
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Few researchers have examined how individual giving to higher education is effected by the economy, specifically during downturns and periodic changes in tax laws. Further understanding the relationship between the economy's cycles and philanthropic giving, including the correlation of tax cuts to donations, will help colleges and universities bett...
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Gallaudet University, originally chartered by the US Congress as the Columbia Institute for the Deaf and Dumb and Blind in 1864, recently began to solicit donations from their alumni through formal fund-raising campaigns. Using a combination of historical and qualitative analysis coupled with descriptive statistics from institutional data and the V...
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A little over a year ago the predominantly Black city of New Orleans felt the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. The storm in all of her might destroyed homes, killed old and young citizens, and flooded many of the city's well known institutions, including three historically Black universities. For over a hundred years, these institu- tions have been serv...

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