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For Immediate Release
20 September 2010
LONDON-UK universities are thanking donors for their generous contributions during the past year with a week-long celebration that recognises the enormous impact of donations and charitable gifts on university research, teaching, scholarships and other projects.
Donor Pin Week, 20 - 24 September 2010, is an annual event. Launched in 2007, it is designed to thank donors as well as increase awareness of philanthropy to universities and inspire others to give.
Donors, at a variety of levels, are given a special pin and are encouraged to wear them to demonstrate the support they are giving to their chosen university.
Participating universities include the University of Bath; University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; Brunel University; University of Sheffield; University of Warwick; University of Reading; University of Brighton; University of Gloucestershire; University of Liverpool; Imperial College London; London School of Economics; University of Leeds; Open University; University of Edinburgh; and Queen's University Belfast.
Professor Gordon Marshall, vice-chancellor, University of Reading, said Donor Pin Week marks a country-wide change in behaviour.
"As a university, we strive to provide the best teaching to the brightest students and to increase knowledge and understanding through our research," said Marshall. "The generosity of our donors has enabled us to do more by offering financial support to talented students who would otherwise be unable to benefit from higher education and by enhancing our ability to find answers to some of the most important questions facing societies today, such as those bearing upon the issues of climate change, cardiovascular health and corporate leadership."
Added Shanti Windsor, stewardship manager, University of Reading, and Donor Pin Week coordinator: "I am fairly new to the sector and have been incredibly impressed by how much universities impact all areas of life. It is essential that we raise awareness of the contribution philanthropy makes to higher education and that we recognize those who are already donating."
Kate Hunter, executive director of CASE Europe, says donor pin programmes celebrate giving to universities and encourage more donors by creating a highly personal connection to institutions.
"A visual affinity for universities can help raise the profile of higher education philanthropy," says Hunter.
Universities are charitable bodies, and they can use donations to accelerate the innovative research. In the academic year 2008-09, the annual Ross-CASE survey revealed that donations to universities in the UK had reached more than £0.5 billion for the first time, enabling universities to continue their work on many important causes and issues.
Donations made to universities before July 2011 will be worth even more thanks to the matched funding schemes in England and Wales, which allow cash gifts to universities to be matched by up to £210 million of government funding.
The scheme, now in its third year in England, has already helped universities to secure millions of pounds of additional funds on top of donations. This money has been used to support a wide range of initiatives in universities-from funding important research and building new state-of-the-art facilities to providing bursaries for talented students.
To find out more about donating to a university and the matched funding scheme, visit www.giftofknowledge.org.uk
For further information, please contact CASE Europe Marketing and Communications Manager Rupa Kotecha-Smith on 020 7448 9955.
Notes to editors:
Donor Pin Week
Donor Pin Week has run annually in the UK since September 2007. Around 8,000 donors in the UK have received donor pins in recognition of the generous donations they have made to universities. A number of universities are involved in Donor Pin Week, including the University of Bath; University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; Brunel University; University of Sheffield; University of Warwick; University of Reading; University of Brighton; University of Gloucestershire; University of Liverpool; Imperial College London; London School of Economics; University of Leeds; Open University; University of Edinburgh; and Queen's University Belfast.
The Matched Funding Scheme in England
The Matched Funding Scheme is a government-led initiative that aims to increase voluntary giving to higher education providers. All higher education institutions and directly funded further education colleges in England have been invited to participate in the scheme.
Eligible gifts to participating institutions will be matched through a fund of £200 million. Such institutions will receive matched funding according to their place in one of three tiers, each with a different funding ratio and cap suitable for institutions with differing degrees of fund-raising experience.
The scheme - the first in the UK - started on 1 August 2008 and runs for three years. It is open to all English HEIs and directly funded FECs. The scheme is administered by The Higher Education Funding Council for England. For further information visit www.hefce.ac.uk/finance/fundinghe/vol/
A similar scheme operates in Wales, administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) - see www.hefcw.ac.uk/policy_areas/strategic_change/matched_funding_scheme.aspx
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