Almost 30 years ago, Brittingham and Pezzullo argued that higher education fundraising is often “thinly informed by research.” While existing research offered some guidance for practitioners, the implications were limited by the failure to ground extant research in theoretical or conceptual frameworks that layout relevant dimensions of philanthropy as the phenomenon under study, and with a focus on its value orientation and aspirational ideals. Over the last 15 plus years, Dr. Drezner grounded his explorations of alumni philanthropy in theory. Members of the Tzedakah Lab team continue to develop and refine theories of donor motivations and prosocial behavior development. Through this theoretically driven work, we strive to create practitioner-relevant scholarship that informs research and practice. Our multidisciplinary work, using sociological and social-psychology frameworks in particular, addresses the theoretical gap in the literature.
Drezner, N. D. & Huehls, F. (2014). Fundraising and institutional advancement: Theory, practice, and new paradigms. New York: Routledge.
Translated into Mandarin Chinese!
Drezner, N.D. & Huehls, F. (2019). 筹款与大学发展：理论、实践与新范式. 北京: 中 国人民大学出版社 (Renmin University of China Press; Translation, Chinese Simplified)
Drezner, N. D. (Ed.) (Forthcoming). Research Handbook on Philanthropy and Education. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Drezner, N. D. (Ed.) (2013). Expanding the donor base in higher education: Engaging non-traditional donors. New York: Routledge.
Drezner, N. D. (2011). Philanthropy and fundraising in American higher education. ASHE Higher Education Reports. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Drezner, N. D. (Ed.) (2010). Special Issue: Fundraising in a Time of Economic Downturn: Theory, Practice and Implications. International Journal of Educational Advancement, 9(4), 191-287.
Gasman, M., Drezner, N. D., Epstein, E., Freeman, T. M., & Avery, V. L. (2011). Race, gender, and leadership in nonprofit organizations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Walton, A. & Gasman, M. (Eds.) Huehls, F., Wells, A., & Drezner, N. D. (Associate Eds.) (2008). Philanthropy, fundraising, and volunteerism in higher education. ASHE Reader Series. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Publishing.