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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
February 12, 2014

CASE President Comments on Results of the 2013 Voluntary Support of Education Survey; Statement by John Lippincott

Statement by CASE President John Lippincott

The record-breaking $33.8 billion donated to U.S. colleges and universities in fiscal year 2013, as highlighted in the just-released Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) report, is outstanding news. The results signal that donors maintained their belief in and commitment to the transformative power of educational institutions throughout the recent economic downturn. As their personal finances rebounded, so did their philanthropic contributions.

According to the VSE, charitable contributions to education increased a remarkable 9 percent. Alumni and foundations played a leading role in the $2.8 billion increase in giving during fiscal year 2013, contributing an additional $9 billion and $10 billion, respectively.

Giving from alumni increased by 16.9 percent—more than any other source of support—during 2013. This strong showing in alumni giving is very good news, but it is tempered by the fact that alumni participation declined from 9.2 percent in 2012 to 8.7 percent in 2013.

This decline continues a downward trend over several years in the percentage of alumni who donate to their alma mater and can be attributed in part to two factors: the use of family foundations as vehicles for alumni giving and the greater success colleges and universities are having in identifying and including lost and new alumni in their databases.

The VSE also includes data from private K-12 independent schools, and I am pleased to note that precollege survey respondents reported extraordinary growth in contributions of 22.2 percent. This is powerful testimony from parents, alumni, corporations and others in the enormous benefits of independent school education.

Looking forward, giving is likely to continue to show healthy growth in fiscal year 2014. In their responses to the semi-annual CASE Fundraising Index, educational fundraisers predicted solid increases in giving for both the current academic year and the current calendar year.

Sponsored in part by CASE, the VSE survey requires participants to report their numbers following the CASE Reporting Standards & Management Guidelines for Educational Fundraising, 4th edition.

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