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2017 VSE Highlights

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES RAISED $43.60 BILLION IN 2017

Gifts from Alumni Rose 14.5 Percent and Reached $11.37 Billion
Gifts for Capital Purposes Increased 12.3 Percent
Current Operations Gifts Inched Up 2.6 percent 

VSE research shows that charitable gifts from alumni have increased by nearly 1,700 percent over four decades, from $.64 billion in 1977 to $11.37 billion in 2017.

Charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States increased 6.3 percent in 2017, according to the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. At $43.60 billion, the total is the highest level reported since the survey's inception in 1957.

Download the VSE 2017 Press Release.

Contributions to U.S. Higher Education Institutions from Alumni 1977-2017

Voluntary Support of Education by Source as a Percentage of Total Support 1987-2017

Hard-Credit and Soft-Credit Contributions From Individuals 2017


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The annual publication, Voluntary Support of Education, offers comprehensive data on contributions by source and purpose for all higher-education and pre-collegiate participants. It includes a summary report that describes patterns of giving nationwide and links trends in giving to major economic indicators.

Voluntary Support of Eudcation

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