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For Immediate Release
May 3, 2012

CASE Europe Celebrates University Fundraising Success

Institutions Honoured as Matched Funding Scheme for Voluntary Giving Concludes

LONDON—CASE Europe has announced the higher education institutions that achieved the most outstanding fundraising results in 2010-11, the third and final year of the government-backed matched funding scheme for voluntary giving.

Three institutions received CASE Europe Matched Funding Awards, one per tier, for improving and sustaining fundraising performance and increasing donors, securing new funds and growing cash income. CASE presented awards to: Rose Bruford College (Tier One), The University of the West of England (Tier Two) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Tier Three).

More than 100 donors, volunteers and other prominent figures in the higher education sector, including David Willetts, minister for Universities and Science, attended the ceremony.

Professor Eric Thomas, vice-chancellor, University of Bristol, president of Universities UK and chair of the board of CASE Europe said:

"In addition to generating an alternative source of income, the HEFCE matched funding for voluntary giving scheme has succeeded in bringing about a culture change—it has raised the awareness of giving to higher education, helping to normalise giving at all levels. Universities themselves have articulated the case for the role of philanthropy in our sector—both individually and collectively. They have highlighted its impact on the lives of current and future students, academic research programmes and the communities where our institutions are rooted."

Professor Thomas went on to caution that while the professionalisation of development operations has been key to success, this has to be combined with an "institutional acceptance that fundraising is an important activity and that those in leadership positions devote a substantial amount of time and energy towards it...That means involving the whole university in fundraising, not just leaving it to the fundraising office."

Three further institutions were commended for their performance during 2008-2011, showing significant and sustained improvement throughout the matched funding period. They were:

  • The University of Huddersfield (Tier One)
  • Institute of Education, University of London (Tier Two)
  • University of Sheffield (Tier Three)

"CASE Europe is delighted that these awards honour a series of hard-working fundraising teams, who have used this unique government pledge to the benefit of their institution, students and communities. By coming together as an industry, we commend the large number of individuals who have effected positive change in a relatively short period of time: everyone from the volunteers, donors, fundraisers and leaders who have all demonstrated passion and professionalism in advancing the cause of giving to higher education," says Kate Hunter, executive director for CASE Europe.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information on the 2012 Matched Funding Award winners and highly commended institutions, including video interviews with the winners, visit the CASE website from 18:00 on Thursday 3 May.

For further information, including photos of the awards evening, contact CASE Europe Marketing and Communications Manager Anna Wallace on 020 7448 9955.

About the Matched Funding Scheme:

The matched funding scheme is a government-led program 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 fundraising experience.

The scheme, the first in the UK, started on 1 August 2008 and runs until July 2011. For further information, visit www.hefce.ac.uk/finance/fundinghe/vol/. A similar £10m scheme in Wales is administered by The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and runs until 2012.

About CASE Europe

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the professional organization for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.

CASE is one of the largest nonprofit education associations in terms of institutional membership. Its membership includes more than 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 74 countries around the world. It serves nearly 65,000 advancement professionals on the staffs of its member institutions.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession and foster public support of education. CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession, and works with other organizations to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide.