Awards
The John Grenzebach Awards for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement

The Grenzebach Awards recognize the work of researchers and scholars exploring fundraising trends. The scholarly research must be helpful to educational advancement practitioners in devising strategies and tactics for accomplishing their work in philanthropy.

Grenzebach Glier & AssociatesThe awards program is made possible by the generous support of Grenzebach Glier & Associates. The Grenzebach Awards are named in honor of the late John Grenzebach, founding chair of Grenzebach Glier & Associates Inc., consultants in philanthropic management. He was a leader in educational philanthropy with a strong interest in promoting scholarship in the field of advancement.


International Recognition

Winners are announced each year. Each program carries cash awards and brings international recognition to the award recipients. See eligibility guidelines and nomination instructions.


Past John Grenzebach Award Winners

2015 Outstanding In-progress Research
Noah D. Drezner 
"The Social Base of Philanthropic Fundraising in Higher Education: How Frames and Identity Matter"

2014 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Sheryl A. Bourgeois
"The Relationship Between Alumni Presence on the Governing Board and Institutional Alumni Support," Claremont Graduate University, 2013

2014 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Vida L. Avery
Philanthropy in Black Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

2013 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Kent J. Karsevar
"Fundraising Practices of the University of California, the California State University and California Private Universities," California State University, Fresno, 2012

2013 Outstanding Published Scholarship
John Thelin and Richard Trollinger
"Forever Is a Long Time: Reconsidering Universities' Perpetual Endowment Policies in the Twenty-First Century," History of Intellectual Culture, 2012

2012 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Jason Foster Simon
"Does Campus Type Really Matter? National Patterns of Alumni Giving in the 2008 Voluntary Support of Education Study," University of North Texas, 2011

2012 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Marybeth Gasman and Nelson Bowman III
A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Routledge, 2011

2011 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Lori A. Hurvitz
"Building a Culture of Student Philanthropy: A Study of the Ivy-Plus Institutions' Philanthropy Education Initiatives," University of Pennsylvania, 2010

2011 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Sondra Shaw-Hardy, Martha A. Taylor, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World, Jossey-Bass, 2010

2010 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
John L. Cox
"The Relationship between Private Giving and State Funding among Maryland's Four-Year Public Institutions," George Washington University, 2009

2010 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Angela M. Eikenberry
Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, and Democracy, Indiana University Press, 2009

2009 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Richard Trollinger
"Philanthropy and Transformation in American Higher Education," University of Kentucky, 2009

2009 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Marybeth Gasman and Andrea Walton
Philanthropy, Volunteerism & Fundraising in Higher Education, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2008

2008 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Kimberly Nehls
"Presidential Transitions during Capital Campaigns: Perspectives of Chief Development Officers," University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2007

2008 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Patrick Rooney with Melissa S. Brown, Reema T. Bhakta, Heidi K. Frederick, Cynthia Hyatte and Shaun Miller
American Express Charitable Gift Survey, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, 2007

2007 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
William Nicholson
"Leading Where it Counts: An Investigation of the Leadership Styles and Behaviors that Define College and University Presidents as Successful Fundraisers," University of South Carolina, 2006

2007 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Peter Frumkin
Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, University of Chicago Press, 2006

2006 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Luisa C. Boverini
"When Venture Philanthropy Rocks the Ivory Tower: An Examination of High Impact Donors and Their Potential for Higher Education Development," University of Pennsylvania, 2005

2006 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Andrea Walton, ed.
Women and Philanthropy in Education, Indiana University Press, 2005

2005 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Rebecca J. Meisenbach
"Framing Fund Raising: A Poststructuralist Analysis of Higher Education Fund Raisers' Work and Identities," Purdue University, 2004

2005 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Richard Chait, William Ryan, and Barbara Taylor
Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, John Wiley & Sons, 2004

2004 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Anita Story Friedmann
"Building Communities of Participation through Student Advancement Programs: A First Step toward Relationship Fund Raising," College of William and Mary, 2003

2004 Outstanding Published Scholarship (co-winner)
William H. Gates Sr. and Chuck Collins
Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, Beacon Press, Boston, 2003

2004 Outstanding Published Scholarship (co-winner)
David E. McNabb
Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, M. E. Sharpe, 2003

2003 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Vincent M. Maniaci
"The Relationship of Annual Giving and Endowment Payout to Future Tuition Dependency at Private Master's Universities," University of Pennsylvania, 2003

2003 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (co-winner)
Sharon McEntee Carrier
"The Relationship of Selected Institutional Variables to Community College Foundation Revenue," University of Florida, 2002

2003 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (co-winner)
Douglas Eugene Wells
"Factors Related to Annual Fund Raising Contributions from Individual Donors to NCAA I-A Institutions," University of Northern Colorado, 2001

2003 Outstanding Published Scholarship
Michael J. Worth
New Strategies for Educational Fund Raising, American Council on Education and Greenwood Publishing, 2002

2002 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Timothy C. Caboni
"The Normative Structure of College and University Fund Raising," Vanderbilt University, 2001

2002 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Samuel Gresham Cash
"Private, Voluntary Support of Public Research Universities in the United States: 1785-1958," University of Georgia, 2000

2002 Outstanding Published Scholarship
James M. Greenfield, Ed.
The Nonprofit Handbook: Fund Raising, 3rd ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2001


Finding Award-Winning Dissertations and Published Scholarship

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