While leadership experts have found compelling evidence to support the argument that the undergraduate years, and the institutions themselves play a pivotal role in developing leadership capabilities, colleges and universities need to question whether or not they fit this profile. Colorado College, one of seven schools in the nation under a block system, has never been the focus of such investigations, and while some parameters may include it by default, the question that remains is: do the results found in these studies on leadership development for non-block institutions still hold when tested against the unconventional elements intrinsic to a block system school like Colorado College? Even though this investigation does not include the alumni records from similar non-block institutions, the results found in this study will hopefully provide enough information to signal if the theories presented in the literature are applicable to and accurately representative of Colorado College’s demographic.
Today, thanks to reduced state and federal funding, alumni donation participation not only plays a pivotal role in the national ranking and prestige of a given college, it is a critical source of income necessary for institutional stability. How, then, can a college like Colorado College (CC) distinguish itself; attracting and identifying more potential alumni donors? Using Advancement Services data from CC on roughly 25,000 alumni between the years 2012 and 2017, this study builds on previous econometric models to investigate and predict patterns of giving as they relate to individual characteristics and various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. While the majority of individual level findings are consistent with past research, explorations of philanthropic giving tied to CSR and corporate match programs as well as specific institutional projects and funds lead to significant conclusions which warrant continued review to aid in effective donation practices.