Research

Entrepreneurship on Higher Ed campuses is a widespread phenomenon, growing explosively since the 1970s. The Kauffman Foundation reports that in the 20-year period beginning in 1985, the number of entrepreneurship courses offered rose from 250 to 5,000. In 2013, approximately 400,000 students were studying entrepreneurship—that number has surely grown since then.

Alongside this growth, development offices must build the skills to work with entrepreneurs, and develop philanthropic models that align with wealth generation and engagement patterns of the startup sector. 

I'm exploring how our industry, that of educational advancement, is responding to this challenge—and how improvements in these areas can accelerate the cycle of education, innovation, and giving back. 

 
 
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Survey on Development + Entrepreneurs for Gift Officers

Developed in collaboration with Jean Romeo, Director of Market Research at Dartmouth College, this brief survey collects information on how development officers currently work with entrepreneurs, in order to understand trends, baselines, and opportunities. The initial version surveyed more than 30 gift officers across the Ivy League and Seven Sisters. Participants received a summary and analysis.

To participate, please share your contact information in the form below. All respondents will receive a link to complete the survey. Results are anonymous, but by sharing your contact info you'll receive the results directly in your inbox. 

 
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Study of founders pledge program development

I'm tracking founders pledge efforts in various stages of development and deployment. More than 20 quantitative and qualitative data points are included to better understand the process, costs, risks, challenges, and opportunities of building a founders pledge.

Critically, I'm also trying to identify the factors that ensure successful launch and sustainable operations. 

If your school/organization is exploring this idea, I'd love to talk with you! Please share your contact information in the form below to be included in the research and to receive the reported data and analysis. We will set a time to connect by phone, or in person if feasible, for a brief interview on your process and results to date. All reported data is anonymized.