The Canadian two-year college foundation : characteristics of success Public Deposited

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  • This study investigated the relationship between various demographic, structural, organizational, and operational factors and the success of nonprofit foundations affiliated with two-year technical and community colleges in Canada. Three aspects were specifically examined: (1) a descriptive analysis of the two-year technical and community college foundation in Canada; (2) Pearson product-moment correlations to determine relationships between the independent variables and the dependent variable of success; and (3) stepwise multiple regression analysis designed to create an equation for the predicition of foundation success. A survey of all public, two-year technical and community colleges in Canada was completed. Of the 143 institutions surveyed, 126 responded (88%) and 45 reported having a nonprofit foundation. Of the 45, 35 usable surveys were incorporated into the SPSS'c computer package for the statistical analyses used in this study. A profile of the responding two-year technical and community colleges in Canada (88%) indicates that 28% of these institutions are associated with an affiliated, nonprofit foundation. The majority of these foundations are relatively new with 80% having been established within the last six years. The primary location of two-year college foundations was in the Provinces of Alberta (31%), British Columbia (26%), and Ontario (26%). The main type of revenue received was cash (80%) from local business or industry (43%). The calculation of Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients identified Demographic Variables as the group most closely related to the dependent criterion of success. Stepwise multiple regression analysis determined that (1) Staff and Faculty Involvement in the Foundation; (2) the Age of the Foundation; and (3) the Size of the Foundation Board were significant factors in establishing the best predictive equation for success. It is suggested that two-year technical and community colleges in Canada that do not presently have an affiliated foundation actively investigate the potential of creating such a program. It is recommended that institutions considering developing a new foundation or evaluating an existing foundation examine the demographic variables that were determined as significant in this study.
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