The article encourages university development officials and leaders in the field of distance education to actively view online learners as future members of the alumni community. This paper synthesizes literature related to alumni giving, highlights the dearth of attention given to distance education alumni and provides suggestions for encouraging philanthropy among such alumni. Suggestions include modeling solicitation processes after historically Black Colleges and Universities, ensuring student satisfaction, promoting a familial concept within programs, and reexamining the roles currently assigned to students by development offices.
Academic Exchange Quaterly
Black, Erik W.; Dawson, Kara; Ferdig, Richard E (2006). Forgotten Alumni: Online Learners as Donors. Academic Exchange Quaterly 10(1) 43-48. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/article/forgotten-alumni-online-learners-donors