Below you will find the books that I have written and edited based on my research on philanthropy and fundrasing in higher education. I hope that these works will inform both scholars and practitioners in their work.

Noah Drezner

Fundraising and Institutional Advancement:

Theory, Practice, and New Paradigms


Noah D. Drezner and Frances Huehls

In this timely textbook, authors Drezner and Huehls take the interdisciplinary, complex nature of the study of philanthropy and fundraising and apply it to the field of higher education. Covering issues of increasing importance to institutions—including donor cultivation, growth of fundraising at community colleges and minority institutions, engagement of young alumni, volunteerism, and the competing roles of stakeholders—this book helps readers apply theory to the practice of advancement in post-secondary education.


Publication Information
Routledge, October 2014
ISBN: 978-0-415-51734-8

Noah Drezner

Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors


Edited: Noah D. Drezner

Winner of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014 Skystone Partners Research Prize in Philanthropy and Fundraising


“In Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors, Noah Drezner and his colleagues deliver an engaging call and a practitioner-oriented guide to broaden the target audiences of institutional advancement strategies. ... This volume of essays provides an insightful mix of empirical studies and reviews of current research and practice across a broad range of topics, all bound together by Drezner’s overarching call for identity-based philanthropy. ... Given the demographic shifts in higher education over the past decades and the importance of equity and diversity, this is a novel and welcome perspective that may fundamentally alter institutional fundraising strategies."

- Ray Franke, Teachers College Record, Review


Traditionally, institutions have relied on wealthy White men to reach their fundraising goals. But as state investment in public higher education lessens and institutions look to philanthropy to move from excellence to eminence, advancement officers continually need to engage all populations, including many that have historically been excluded from fundraising strategies. Based on theory, research, and past practice, Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education explores how colleges and universities can build culturally sensitive fundraising and engagement strategies. This edited book presents emerging research on different communities that have not traditionally been approached for fundraising—including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) alumni, African Americans, Latinos, graduate students, young alumni, women, and faculty donors. Chapters discuss and analyze successful programs and provide practical suggestions and strategies to create and implement fundraising programs that engage these new donor populations. Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education is an essential resource for any institution looking to expand their pool of donors and cultivate a more philanthropic mindset among alumni and students.


Publication Information
Routledge, April 2103

Noah Drezner

Philanthropy and Fundraising in American Higher Education


Noah D. Drezner

This monograph examines the philanthropic contributions of individuals through the existing literature and proposes future philanthropic and fundraising research that can help fill the theoretical void in the literature, thereby improving future research and fundraising in higher education. It covers the major approaches, topics, and theories regarding philanthropy and fundraising from individuals to postsecondary education in the United States. Students, practitioners, and researchers are introduced to several key points, among them the centrality of private giving in shaping the development and diversity of U.S. higher education; the role of donors as an external force shaping research, campus intellectual life, and culture; the role of philanthropy in access; and leading philanthropic theories from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and economics.


Publication Information
Wiley, May 2011

Noah Drezner
Race, Gender, and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations


​Marybeth Gasman, Noah D. Drezner, Edward Epstein, Tyrone Freeman, & Vida L. Avery


This volume centers on the lives and experiences of female and African American leaders of foundations and nonprofits. Contributors to the volume examine race and gender as constructs and provide a theoretical background for understanding their effect on the psycho-social development of the individuals. They explore their family backgrounds and childhood experiences as well as the impact of education on their lives and future leadership.


Publication Information
Palgrave Macmillan, November 2011
ISBN: 978-0-230-12039-6


Noah Drezner
Philanthropy, Volunteerism, and Fundraising in Higher Education
Edited: Andrea Walton, Marybeth Gasman, Frances Huehls, Amy E. Wells, & Noah D. Drezner
Winner of the John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship, awarded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education 
The reliance on private funding and initiatives to build and sustain academic institutions has been a distinctive feature of higher education in the United States dating back to colonial times. This volume brings together classic and contemporary scholarship on educational philanthropy and higher education for students, practitioners, and policymakers in the field.

Presenting original introductory essays, research articles covering major approaches and topics, and primary documents for teaching, Philanthropy, Volunteerism, and Fundraising introduces readers to several key points: among them, the centrality of private giving in shaping the development and diversity of U.S. higher education; the importance of voluntary action in shaping educational policy (even in an era when government intervention has been strong), the role of donors as an external force shaping research as well as campus intellectual life and culture, and the role of philanthropy in access. Readers will acquire a firm grasp of the significance of the cultural phenomenon of philanthropy -- the giving of money and time -- as a salient force shaping higher education, both historically and today.


Publication Information
Pearson Custom Publishing/ASHE Readers Series, 2008

Paperback ISBN 0-536-08332-0