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Feb. 15, 2007

UK Government Challenge Set to Double University Fundraising

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) today welcomed the matching gifts programme announced by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as part of an ongoing strategy to build a culture of private donations to universities in England.

The prime minister today outlined his vision for greater involvement by university alumni and other philanthropists in higher education funding by matching donations to universities in England with public funds.

“An injection of new money into our universities on this scale will be invigorating,” said Joanna Motion, CASE’s vice president for international operations, based in London. “It could double the current level of fundraising by universities within three years.

“The link between a university’s ability to attract external support and its reputation is increasingly evident,” Motion added. “The government is giving a timely boost to the international competitiveness of universities in England through this imaginative proposal.”

A recent CASE report on matched funding programmes around the world, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, showed that ‘challenge funding’ can galvanise the readiness of donors to give to universities and increase the professionalism and effectiveness of the institutions in asking for support.

In the past ten years universities in the UK have shown renewed commitment to fundraising, investing in development offices staffed by professionals and raising expectations of what can be achieved through the support of alumni and friends. Universities of all kinds and missions are now attracting support for projects such as scholarships in support of widening participation, cutting-edge laboratory facilities and endowed professorships.

“UK universities compete globally for students, staff and reputation,” said Peter Slee, deputy vice-chancellor of Northumbria University and chairman of CASE Europe’s Board of Trustees. “This welcome initiative will make an important contribution to those projects and programmes that make a university distinctive and able to compete internationally.

“Further consultation within the higher education sector to fine-tune the proposals will enhance this scheme to help change donors’ attitudes, create greater focus within universities in their fundraising activities, and revitalise the overall philanthropic culture,” Slee added. “CASE will actively support this initiative as Europe’s leading provider of professional education for university fundraising.”

The president of CASE, a worldwide organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., in the United States, applauded the prime minister’s announcement.

“Educational institutions around the world rely on the generosity of donors to create access, expand research, build facilities and grow the economies of their regions,” said John Lippincott.

"By launching this programme, the UK government has made a clear and strong commitment to the principle that both public and private resources are essential to ensuring educational quality, access and affordability,” added the CASE president. “Other nations will undoubtedly take note of this bold and strategic effort.”

About CASE

CASE believes in advancing education to transform lives and society. As a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions, CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and government relations. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.

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