Declining government funding for higher education requires colleges and universities to seek alternative revenue streams, including through philanthropic fund-raising. Extension-based subject matter centers and other programs can benefit from the thoughtful supplementation of traditional revenue sources with individual, corporate, and private foundation philanthropy. In this article, we examine funding strategies identified in existing Extension literature and then describe the development strategy created for the William D. Ruckelshaus Center as a case study, emphasizing the importance of strong board leadership and cultivation of a diverse mix of income streams.
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Page, C. S., & Kern, M. A. (2018). Creating and Implementing Diverse Development Strategies to Support Extension Centers and Programs. The Journal of Extension, 56(1), Article 25. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.01.25