Replacing State Appropriations with Alternative Revenue Sources: The Case of Voluntary Support

Cheslock, John J.; Gianneschi, Matt
March 2008
Journal of Higher Education;Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 79 Issue 2, p208
Academic Journal
The article focuses on private giving as a replacement for declining state funding to U.S. public universities and colleges. It specifically addresses if such private donations affect the disparity of financial resources at universities and colleges. The decline of U.S. state appropriations for higher education is presented. This decline does not necessarily result in an increase in private donations. Increased state appropriations can limit fundraising efforts by a school, handicapping it should state financing decline in future years. An increased reliance on private gifts is reported to increase the financial disparities between individual schools, with more selective colleges possessing a significant advantage.


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