Master of Education Research Theses
Social Enterprise and Christian School Finance: Receptivity of ACSI Christian School Leaders in Mid-America
Date of Successful Defense
Date Degree Awarded
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Stephen S. Gruber, Ed.D.
Merlin Ager, Ph.D.
Eddie Baumann, Ph.D.
Christian School, ACSI, Fund raising, Social Enterprise, funding
This pioneering study draws on literature from both the educational and the nonprofit sectors to integrate the concept of social enterprise with the financial challenges faced by Christian schools. It then explores the receptivity of administrators and board chairmen of Association of Christian Schools International affiliated schools in the Mid-America region to social enterprise based fund raising practices. Findings show that while school leaders are cautious overall, interest varies widely with some school leaders being very receptive and other very opposed to these approaches. Analysis of specific subcategories indicates that school leaders have a greater interest in pursuing opportunities that connect with their target audience, promote products or services indirectly or promote through traditional forms of fundraising including students selling products outside of school. Results were consistent between administrators and board chairmen with significant variance only occurring in the development of curriculum and training programs for an outside audience.
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Schroeder, Eric D., "Social Enterprise and Christian School Finance: Receptivity of ACSI Christian School Leaders in Mid-America" (2012). Master of Education Research Theses. 55.
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