Identity-Based Phialnthropy, Higher Education Phialnthropy and Fundraising

Dr. Noah D. Drezner is  Professor of Higher Education in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, founding editor of Philanthropy & Education, and a leading researcher on educational philanthropy.


His research interests include philanthropy and fundraising as it pertains to colleges and universities, including higher education's role in the cultivation of prosocial behaviors. Currently, Dr. Drezner’s work is based in identity-based philanthropy. In other words, he is researching how a person’s social identities affect their giving to higher education and how colleges and universities can engage their alumni in more inclusive ways. He is the co-PI for the National Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Alumni, a multi-institutional mixed methods project, and recently completed a population-based survey experiment that evaluates how a person’s social identities affect their propensity to donate and at what level when exposed to different types of fundraising solicitations. 


Dr. Drezner has published numerous articles and given several presentations on related topics. His dissertation, Cultivating a Culture of Giving: An Exploration of Institutional Strategies to Enhance African American Young Alumni Giving, was recognized in 2009 with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) H.S. Warwick Award for Outstanding Research in Alumni Relations for Educational Advancement. Additionally, Noah is an associate editor of Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Volunteerism in Higher Education (2007) which was named the 2009 CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement. His book Philanthropy and Fundraising in American Higher Education has been adopted in master's and doctoral programs across the country. In November 2011, his book Race, Gender, and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, explored the intersection of identity in leading nonprofits. In 2013, Dr. Drezner edited a volume Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors (2013) to wide acclaim, including winning the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) 2014 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy. Most recently, Drezner wrote with Frances Huehls Fundraising and Institutional Advancement: Theory, Practice and New Paradigms. Drezner was named the inaugural AFP Early Career Emerging Scholar in 2014. In 2015, Drezner was awarded the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement by CASE, in recognition of  his research project "The Social Base of Philanthropic Fundraising in Higher Education: How Frames and Identity Matter" and was honored by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) with the Barbara K. Townsend Lecture. 


He holds his Bachelor's of Science from the University of Rochester, a graduate certificate in non-profit leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College, and his Master's of Science in Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.


Prior to returning to graduate school, Dr. Drezner was an advancement officer at the University of Rochester, where he gained the practitioner experience that informs his research.  Most recently, he was an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland. While there he was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Maryland’s School of Public Policy, where he continues to hold an affiliate appointment as Senior Research Fellow. In 2011, Dr. Drezner was named one of 13 university professors to the inaugural cohort of Honors College faculty at the University of Maryland.