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Smithtown University's fund-raisers succeeded in getting donations from 80 percent of the potential donors they contacted. This success rate, exceptionally high for university fund-raisers, does not indicate that they were doing a good job. On the contrary, since the people most likely to donate are those who have donated in the past, good fundraisers
constantly try less-likely prospects in an effort to expand the donor base. The high success rate shows insufficient canvassing effort.

Which of the following, if true, provides more support for the argument?

Smithtown University's fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fundraisers for other universities in their contacts with such people.
This year the average size of the donations to Smithtown University from new donors when the university's fund-raisers had contacted was larger than the average size of donations from donors who had given to the university before.
This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the university's fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors.
The majority of the donations that fund-raisers obtained for
Smithtown University this year were from new donors.
More than half of the money raised by Smithtown University's fund-raisers came from donors who had never previously donated to the university.
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18 Dec 2011, 05:51
Could you plz explain this? and why not C?
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18 Dec 2011, 06:36
The argument claims Smithtown's unusually high success rate in fundraising was due to farming known donors rather than canvassing potential new donors. We are asked to identify support for this argument.

A - States Smithtown fund-raisers were no more successful with new donors than other universities. We can conclude that the majority of their excess success was from known previous donors. This supports the argument and is the correct choice.
B - Average size of donation is outside the scope of argument.
C - Claims most repeat donors were not contacted by the fund-raisers. This is outside the scope of argument, which is about success rates. However, if anything, this would tend to weaken the argument as if there are many repeat donors not contacted, one might assume the fund-raisers were therefore focusing on contacting new donors.
D - Directly weakens the argument.
E - Directly weakens the argument.
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30 Dec 2013, 08:09
Moderators and experts, kindly help! What is the OA? We have a different OA on this page and on smithtown-university-s-fund-raisers-succeeded-in-getting-78924.html.

THe question is same on both links though.
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