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Voluntary Support of Education Survey
Council for Aid to Education
Report The Council for Aid to Education conducts the annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) Survey, which collects data on private giving to U.S. higher education and private K-12 schools. In addition to a print report, a database called the VSE Data Miner allows subscribers to interact with 300 data variables and create custom reports. Variables include total giving, alumni participation, deferred and bequest giving, and capital purpose and current operations gifts, among others. CASE co-sponsors the annual VSE Survey and encourages members to participate.

July CFI Predicts 5.7 Percent Increase in Giving in 2010-11
Article,  BriefCASE Article Educational fundraisers are optimistic that philanthropic giving to U.S. schools, colleges and universities will continue to rebound in the coming academic year. That’s according to the recently released CASE Fundraising Index.

Report: Wealthy Individuals Worldwide Likely to Increase Giving, Time
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report concludes that philanthropy has a "bright future" with wealthy individuals worldwide indicating they are likely to donate more of their time, money and expertise to charities.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words
CURRENTS Article As Hong Kong’s education institutions begin to solicit private funding, people there are learning to adapt Western advancement techniques to their singular philanthropic culture. Wong, a Hong Kong advancement professional, explains some of the differences between the two cultures’ approaches to major giving and notes trends that may soon make fund raising there both more important and more difficult.

Corporate Giving
Corporate Giving

Foundation Giving
Foundation Giving

Giving Circles
Giving Circles

Text Giving
Mobile Giving

Preconference Workshop: Engaging and Fundraising from Diverse Constituents
Conference This program will help hiring managers understand the current challenges in recruiting and retaining diverse candidates from an advancement perspective.

Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership
Conference This conference will review the emerging philanthropic markets (ethnicity, GLBT, young alumni, etc.) in advancement while exploring minority buying power, giving behaviors and donor expectations. In addition the program will focus on management leadership and mentoring of advancement professionals of diverse backgrounds.

Invest in Advancement
CURRENTS Article Here are two truisms: These are uncertain times. Fundraising is as important as ever. In Europe, the economic uncertainty surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union has advancement leaders worried. With budgets already tight—in the U.S., public funding for higher education is nearly $10 billion below pre-recession levels—advancement professionals may struggle to convince institutional leaders to invest in fundraising when additional worthy causes, including academic programs or student success initiatives, need funding. But when institutions let up on fundraising, they lose revenue. A recent analysis by Graham-Pelton Consulting found that individuals, foundations, and corporations did not stop giving during the 2008 recession—rather, nonprofits stopped asking. "Organizations that pulled back their fundraising activities ... reported the biggest declines in their income," the consultancy reports in its video on fundraising during uncertain economic times, Fundraising Through Brexit: What You Need to Know. Graham-Pelton's advice: "People don't stop giving, so don't stop asking."

10 Reasons Why People Give (and 5 Reasons They Don't)
CURRENTS Article Generosity lights up the same part of your brain that responds to food and sex: Neuroscientists at the National Institutes of Health demonstrated this in a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging. When study participants acted equitably, they activated their brain's orbitofrontal cortex, which assesses rewards. Giving not only makes us feel good; it also makes us look good—and we're all concerned with what people think about us. Giving back can make you seem more responsible. Read on for additional reasons people give and to learn how research on generosity and behavioral economics can provide insights on how donors think.

Philanthropy Growing in Australia and New Zealand
Article,  BriefCASE Article Philanthropic giving to universities in Australia and New Zealand is gathering significant momentum, according to a new CASE report.

Higher Education a Top Recipient of High Net-Worth Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Most wealthy American households plan to give more to charity during the next three years, according to a new report from U.S. Trust and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

World Giving Index 2016 Names Top Giving Countries
Article,  BriefCASE Article A global study finds that the world is becoming more generous. More people are giving time, money or helping others than previously recorded.

Leaders Speak Out on Charitable Giving Deduction
Article,  BriefCASE Article Representatives from two dozen CASE-member organizations met with U.S. lawmakers Feb. 16.

Report: Online Giving Reached Record High in 2016
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recent report shows that charitable giving in the United States increased 1 percent on a year-over-year basis, and total online giving reached a record high in 2016.

$10-Million-Plus Gifts to Higher Education Increased in 2016
Article,  BriefCASE Article The number of mega gifts to higher education institutions in the United States has grown by more than 11 percent, according to a special report.

Giving to Education Continues Strong Growth
Article,  BriefCASE Article Charitable giving to education is projected to rise 6.3 percent in 2017 and 6.0 percent in 2018, continuing the strong growth trends realized in recent years, according to a recently released report.

Why Alumni Do and Do Not Give to Their Alma Mater
Article,  BriefCASE Article Alumni and donors who hold degrees from two or more institutions prioritize giving to their undergraduate institution, according to a recent study.

Million-Dollar Giving Grows in U.S., U.K. and Middle East
Article,  BriefCASE Article Million-dollar-plus gifts nearly tripled in the United States, United Kingdom and Middle East in 2015, according to a recent report produced by Coutts & Co. and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Quote of Note
CURRENTS Article huck Longfield, Blackbaud's chief scientist, explains to The NonProfit Times why charities needn't fear a drop off in giving during election years.

Deadline Approaches for Voluntary Support of Education Survey
Article,  BriefCASE Article The Voluntary Support of Education Survey is open now through Oct. 1.

U.S. Educational Fundraisers See Lower Growth in 2015-2016
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers at schools, colleges and universities in the United States estimate that donations to their institutions grew 4.5 percent during the academic year that ended June 30, 2016, according to survey results released by CASE.

U.S. Donors Trust Transparency and Identity When Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Donors are attracted to organizations with a strong purpose and brand, according to a recent Gallup study.

Talking Shop: Supporting Brilliant Minds
CURRENTS Article Chris Cox talks about what philanthropy does best and how to share that messge with donors. Cox is the chair of the 2016 CASE Europe Annual Conference (CEAC) in Brussels and helped shape its theme, "The Big Shift." The idea: As governments reduce funding for higher education, university leaders need to seize new fundraising opportunities, be more entrepreneurial, leverage new sources of income, and promote the value of their institutions.

Giving to Excellence: Generating Philanthropic Support for UK Higher Education
White Paper The Ross-CASE Survey of Charitable Giving to Universities is an annual survey of gift revenue and fundraising costs carried out to measure the philanthropic performance of UK higher education institutions. It is the only source of data on this subject in the UK and enables institutions to benchmark with peers. It also provides an estimate of the overall impact of philanthropy on the higher education sector. In 2014-15, philanthropic income secured in new funds rose by 8 per cent to £860 million, while the number of donors increased by just 1.6 percent.

2015 Most Generous Year Ever
Article,  BriefCASE Article U.S. individuals, estates, foundations and corporations donated a record-setting $373.25 billion in 2015, a 4.1 percent increase over 2014, according to the latest report by Giving USA. Giving to education grew nearly 9 percent between 2014 and 2015 to $57.48 billion.

UK Universities Alumni Dig Deeper
Article,  BriefCASE Article New funds secured by UK institutions rose to a record level of £860 million in the last academic year, according to the most recent Ross-CASE Report. The report is based on the latest Ross-CASE Survey of Charitable Giving to Universities in the UK, which collects detailed information about fundraising and donors to measure the philanthropic performance of higher education institutions.

VSE Report: "Much to Celebrate," Says CASE President
Article,  BriefCASE Article The record-breaking $40.30 billion donated to U.S. colleges and universities in fiscal year 2015, as highlighted in the most recent Voluntary Support of Education report, is "exceptional news" that reflects continued donor belief in the transformative power of higher education, says CASE President Sue Cunningham.

Giving in 2016 and 2017 Also Looks Promising
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recent forecast of charitable giving for 2016 and 2017 contained especially good news for fundraisers in the education sector.

Generosity Across the Globe
CURRENTS Article Charities Aid Foundation released its 2015 World Giving Index in November 2015.

Report: Donations Up Globally
Article,  BriefCASE Article Myanmar is the most generous country in the world, according to a recently released report on global giving.

Generosity Remains High in New Zealand
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recently released report on giving in New Zealand reveals that New Zealanders have maintained their generous levels of giving sparked by the Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

Report: Nonprofit and Charity Sector in Australia "Massive"
Article,  BriefCASE Article The charity and not-for-profit sector in Australia is a $103 billion industry that employs almost one in 10 Australians, according to a report by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Odds and Ends: On a Path to Giving Better
CURRENTS Article New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof discusses philanthropic giving and empathy.

Giving USA Report: Donations to Education Remain Strong
Article,  BriefCASE Article Individuals, businesses and foundations in the United States donated more than $358 billion to charitable causes in 2014, a 7.1 percent increase over 2013, according to results released today by Giving USA Foundation. Giving to education increased 4.9 percent to $54.62 billion.

UK Giving 2014: An overview of charitable giving in the UK during 2014
Charities Aid Foundation and National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Report UK Giving 2014 provides an update for the annual survey, which presents the latest research on individuals' giving to charity – what social actions people do, how much is given, who donors give to and how they give. In addition, the report also looks at the penetration and usage of technology to give, as well as views on barriers to giving, and why people don’t give on a planned basis.

UK Universities Report Record Giving, Increase in Donors
Article,  BriefCASE Article UK universities raised a record level of funds through donations in the last academic year, according to a survey of 124 institutions presented in the latest Ross-CASE report on higher education philanthropic giving in the UK.

Report Predicts Growth Rates for U.S. Charitable Giving in 2015, 2016
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report by the Indiana University Lily Family School of Philanthropy projects that charitable giving in the United States is expected to grow by 4.8 percent in 2015 and by an additional 4.9 percent in 2016.

Chinese Philanthropists Give Majority of Gifts to Other Countries
Article,  BriefCASE Article A survey on charity trends in China indicates that about 80 percent of donations made by Chinese philantrhopists in 2014 benefited institutions outside of the mainland.

U.S. Educational Fundraisers Report Growth in 2014 Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers at schools, colleges and universities in the United States estimate that donations to their institutions grew 6.9 percent in 2014, according to survey results released by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. This is the highest estimated growth in donations reported to the CASE Fundraising Index since the year prior to the economic downturn in late 2008.

Fundraising Experts Discuss Engaging Senior Leaders, Academics at CASE Europe Conference
Article,  BriefCASE Article The introduction of tuition fees at universities in the UK is “unlikely to damage” philanthropic giving, according to senior educational leaders participating in a panel discussion at the recent Strategic Fundraising for Leaders in Higher Education conference.

What’s the Deal with Donor-Advised Funds?
CURRENTS Article Offering donor-advised funds can strengthen bonds with longtime donors interested in alternative giving vehicles, but they can put institutions in a tricky place in terms of how they relate to their supporters.

New Report Cites World’s Most Generous Countries
Article,  BriefCASE Article The United States and Myanmar are the most generous countries in the world followed by Canada, the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand, according to a recently released report on global giving. Other countries featured in the top 10 include Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

Chinese Philanthropy on “Cusp” of Change
Article,  BriefCASE Article A leading philanthropist in China believes that the country is on the “cusp” of change and that 2014 will be a “turning point in Chinese philanthropy.”

Education Top Priority for U.S. Foundations
Article,  BriefCASE Article An annual research study on foundations reports that giving by U.S. foundations reached record levels in 2012 and 2013 and predicts continued growth for 2014.

Report Shares Lessons, Guidelines on Disaster Giving in Asia
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recently released report offers guidelines and lessons for individual, foundation and corporate donors on protecting philanthropic investments during a disaster.

Million Dolloar Donors Report 2014
Coutts & Co. in association with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Report This November 2014 report analyzes the number, size and recipients of gifts of $1 million or more given by individuals, foundations and corporations in the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Middle East (Gulf Cooperation Council), China, Hong Kong and for the first time, Singapore. Wealthy donors in seven regions around the world gave 1,995 gifts totaling $26.3 billion in 2013.

World Giving Index 2014: A Global View of Giving Trends
Charities Aid Foundation
Report The 2014 edition of the World Giving Index looks at charitable behaviour across the world, involving 135 countries. The report is based on more than a million interviews conducted by Gallup since 2005/06, as part of their World Poll survey.

Giving in Numbers: Trends in Corporate Giving
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
Report CECP is an international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused on corporate philanthropy. Each year, the committee surveys companies using the Corporate Giving Standard, then publishes a report on corporate giving initiatives and amounts, beneficiary categories, corporate philanthropy program staffing, grant approval policies and volunteer hours. The 2014 Giving in Numbers report is available, along with earlier editions from 2005 to the present. (Free registration required to download the reports.)

U.S. Educational Fundraisers Predict Steady Growth in Giving During Academic Year
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers at educational institutions in the United States estimate that donations to their institutions grew 5.4 percent during the academic year that ended June 30, 2014, according to survey results released by CASE.

Solutions to Declining Unrestricted Gifts
Article,  BriefCASE Article As unrestricted giving to U.S. colleges and universities declines, fundraisers must find creative ways to secure support for their institutions, say two CASE faculty members.

Giving USA Survey: Giving to Education “Robust”
Article,  BriefCASE Article Individuals, businesses and foundations in the United States donated more than $335 billion to charitable causes in 2013, a 4.4 percent increase over 2012 and the highest total since 2009, according to results released today by Giving USA Foundation. Giving to education increased an estimated 8.9 percent to $52.07 billion.

Asian Philanthropists Innovative, Survey Reports
Article,  BriefCASE Article Nearly 35 percent of philanthropists in Asia say education is the most important cause in their town or region but cite the environment as a top global cause, according to a survey of high net-worth individuals.

Number of Donors, Giving to UK Institutions Reach All-Time High
Article,  BriefCASE Article Giving to universities in the United Kingdom reached an all-time high in 2012-2013 with institutions reporting more than £659 million in cash donations, a 23 percent increase over gifts received in 2011-2012.

UK Needs More Higher Education Fundraisers, Report Says
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report finds that the number of fundraisers in UK higher education must at least double in less than a decade to meet an ambitious goal set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Survey: Nonprofits Continue to See Growth in Donations
Article,  BriefCASE Article A survey of 500 nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada reveals that more than 60 percent saw an increase in donations during 2013, the largest share since 2007.

It’s a Woman’s World
CURRENTS Article The nonprofit sector is a growing and competitive industry that managed $300 billion in philanthropic dollars in 2012 in the United States alone and employed nearly 10 million people. This growth is causing the sector to more closely scrutinize its business practices. CURRENTS examines how certain trends, including the rising role of women in philanthropy and the integration of corporate and social goals, are shaping the future direction of the field and what that means for educational advancement.

Odds and Ends: Inside the Philanthropic Mind
CURRENTS Article This article is a Q-and-A with fundraising consultant Penelope Burk. Burk's research and experience backs up her strong opinions—delivered with a healthy dose of humor—on issues such as unrestricted giving and unnecessary donor recognition, topics that are covered in this interview.

UK Giving 2012/13: An Update
Charities Aid Foundation
Report This March 2014 report updates an annual survey providing the latest research on individuals' giving to charity, including how much is given, who the donors are, where the donations go, trends and seasonal variations in giving.

U.S. Fundraisers Predict Continued Growth in Donations in 2014
Article,  BriefCASE Article A CASE survey of educational fundraisers in the United States supports the VSE findings with participants estimating that donations to their institutions grew in 2013 and will continue to grow in 2014.

Survey Ranks Most Charitable Countries
Article,  BriefCASE Article A survey of giving worldwide indicates that the United States is the most charitable country with Canada, Myanmar and New Zealand tying for second place. Other countries featured in the top 10 include Ireland (5), the United Kingdom (6) and Australia (7).

Survey: Wealthy Gave Most to Education in 2012
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recently released report on US$1 million-plus giving reveals that wealthy donors across six regions of the world gave a total of $7.05 billion in gifts of $1 million or more to higher education institutions in 2012.

Billionaires on the Rise in Asia
Article,  BriefCASE Article Asia is home to the fastest growing number of billionaires among all regions of the world, according to a new survey.

Popularity of Donor-Advised Funds Continues
Article,  BriefCASE Article Contributions to donor-advised funds grew significantly in 2012, according to a new study, which also reported significant increases in assets held and gifts given from these funds.

Wealthy Individuals Want Better Giving Advice
Article,  BriefCASE Article Wealthy donors aren’t receiving the kind of philanthropic counsel they would like from their financial advisers, according to a new study.

Research Reveals “Clear Path” to Raising Future Philanthropists
Article,  BriefCASE Article New research on how children learn about charitable giving can have “important implications for the future of giving.” That’s according to researchers involved with the first-of-its kind study from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.

The Amazing Feats of Super Women Donors
CURRENTS Article An Atlantic Cape Community College women's giving circle founded to help at-risk youth finds creative inspiration in superheros.

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations 2013
Foundation Center
Report This study, released October 2013, is the Foundation Center's new annual research study and the primary publication in which the Foundation Center documents the overall size of the U.S. foundation community and provides perspective on the giving priorities of the nation's largest foundations. In 2011 the country's 81,777 foundations held $622 billion in assets and distributed $49 billion, an amount estimated to have reached $50.9 billion in 2012. The outlook for 2013 is for continued modest growth overall.

CASE File: Largest Campaigns
CASE File This page presents lists of the largest campaigns undertaken by higher education institutions in descending order from largest goal size. Information was compiled from press releases, articles, websites and databases. Updates are ongoing. Citations for selected sources can be found in the bibliography.

Foundations Increase Fundraising Goals
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new CASE survey of institutionally related foundations suggests that institutions are increasing their campaign goals with the improving economy.

U.S. Fundraisers Predict Continued Growth in Giving to Education for 2013-14
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers for colleges, universities and schools in the United States say giving to education grew during the academic year that ended June 30, 2013, and are optimistic that giving will continue to grow in 2013-2014.

New Survey Notes Growing Importance of Boomers in Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recently released white paper on giving among generations reports that individuals age 49 to 67 “dominate” charitable giving, contributing 43 percent of all dollars donated to nonprofits.

Charitable Donations in the United States Grew Slowly in 2012
Article,  BriefCASE Article Individuals, corporations and foundations in the United States donated more than $316 billion to charitable causes in 2012, a 3.5 percent increase over 2011, according to results released today by Giving USA Foundation. Giving to education increased an estimated 7 percent to $41.33 billion.

Report: Most Large Gifts Come from Local Donors
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report reveals that 60 percent of million-dollar-plus gifts come from donors who live in the same state or geographic region as the nonprofit or foundation that receives the contribution.

Giving to U.S. Education Grew in 2012, Outperformed Most of Nonprofit Sector
Article,  BriefCASE Article Overall charitable giving to educational institutions in the United States increased nearly 2 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to a new report.

Crowd Around
CURRENTS Article As educational institutions become more creative in raising money for their missions, some are turning to crowdfunding. This article explores how educational institutions are using this online platform and to what effect.

Ross-CASE Survey: UK Institutions See Record Levels of New Funds, Donors
Article,  BriefCASE Article Giving to higher education institutions in the United Kingdom reached record levels in 2011-12, according to the annual Ross-CASE Survey Report.

Survey Shows Connection between Thanking Donors and Meeting Fundraising Goals
Article,  BriefCASE Article A survey of nearly 1,200 charitable organizations in the United States and Canada reveals that nearly 60 percent raised more contributions in 2012 than in 2011.

Online Giving to Nonprofits Increases in 2012, Says New Study
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new study reports that online giving to nonprofits increased 21 percent in 2012 over 2011 totals.

The Barriers to Building a Culture of Philanthropy
Podcast Fresno State's Peter Smits discusses some roadblocks that institutions hit when attempting to grow a culture of philanthropy on their campus.

The Common Thread
CURRENTS Article Creating a culture of philanthropy can help an institution recruit a cross-section of constituents to the cause of advancing the institution and improve fundraising success. Here's how.

Material Interest
CURRENTS Article What are the essential characteristics of a culture of philanthropy? Can an institution claim to have a philanthropic culture if staff giving is low? Does an institution have to demonstrate need? Does athletic success promote generosity among constituents? In a survey, advancement leaders say they struggle to identify and develop the characteristics of a philanthropic campus.

Outlook: Why Not Endowment?
CURRENTS Article The reticence of most grant-making foundations to fund charitable endowments is puzzling. This article explores four common objections that foundations make with regard to supporting endowments and four arguments that respond to those objections.

U.S. Colleges, Universities Raise $31B in FY2012
Article,  BriefCASE Article A survey released today by the Council for Aid to Education reveal that charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States increased by 2.3 percent in 2012 to $31 billion.

Predicted Growth Signals Return to Pre-Recession Levels of Giving to Higher Education
Press Release Fundraisers for colleges and universities estimate that giving to their institutions grew 5.5 percent in 2012 and predict additional growth of 5.8 percent in 2013, according to survey results released by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Tax Policy Center: Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Increase Charitable Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article In a January 2013 fact sheet (pdf), the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center estimates that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) will increase charitable giving by $3.3 billion or 1.3 percent.

Speaking of Philanthropy
CURRENTS Article A global survey of high-wealth individuals provides some insight into their giving patterns.

Wealthier Donors Favor Restricted Gifts
Article,  BriefCASE Article The wealthier the donor, the less likely he or she is to make unrestricted gifts, according to the results of a recent global survey of individuals with investable assets of US$1 million or more.

Odds and Ends: Woman of the World
CURRENTS Article In this Q-and-A interview, Jane Wales—co-founder and CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council, and vice president of philanthropy and society for the Aspen Institute—discusses the changing landscape of philanthropy and the need to educate and engage the new generation of philanthropists.

Review: UK Institutions See “Step-Change” in Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Donating to universities and colleges in the United Kingdom is more widespread than ever, according to a new report that predicts donations could grow to as much as £2billion a year by 2022 if current giving trends continue.

Review of Philanthropy in UK Higher Education: 2012 Status Report and Challenges for the Next Decade
More Partnership for HEFCE
Report This review, commissioned by HEFCE, assesses philanthropic giving to higher education in the UK. It identifies the progress made across the sector over recent years; highlights the opportunities that will benefit students and further knowledge, through increased engagement between institutions and donors; and addresses its recommendations to donors, institutions and government. The review and appendices are available in PDF and Word.

Outlook: The Business of Advancement
CURRENTS Article Corporate relations and philanthropic fundraising sit comfortably together as advancement activities. There is a possible risk to advancement offices—and their institutions—that do not embrace this opportunity.

U.S. Fundraisers Predict Growth in Education Giving for 2012-13
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers for schools, colleges and universities in the United States estimate that giving to education grew 4.9 percent during the academic year that ended June 30, 2012. Looking ahead, they predict further growth of 5.9 percent for the academic year that began July 1.

Giving to Donor-Advised Funds on the Rise
Article,  BriefCASE Article Contributions to donor-advised funds constituted one of the fastest-growing methods of philanthropic giving in the United States last year, according to an annual report released last month by the Giving USA Foundation.

Millennials Tap Websites First for Info on Giving, Volunteering
Article,  BriefCASE Article Young adults are more likely to visit a nonprofit’s website when looking for information about volunteer opportunities or giving. That is according to a new study on millennials.

Asia-Pacific Region Boasts Most Millionaires
Article,  BriefCASE Article There are now more millionaires in the Asia-Pacific region than in North America, according to a new report, but the combined wealth of U.S. millionaires is still the highest in the world.

New Wealth Centers
CURRENTS Article India’s potential donors are growing quickly

Report: Charitable Giving Climbing Out of Great Recession-Fueled Trough
Article,  BriefCASE Article Charitable giving from individuals, bequests, corporations and foundations in the United States grew from about $287 billion in 2010 to more than $298 billion in 2011, an increase of 4 percent in current dollars, according to results released today by Giving USA Foundation. Giving to education rose 4 percent to nearly $39 billion.

CASE File: Largest Gifts to Community Colleges
CASE File The institutions on this list have received a gift or pledge valued at $10 million U.S. dollars (unless indicated otherwise) or more. The list is organized in order from largest to smallest gift. The dollar amounts do not represent a donor's cumulative giving to a recipient institution. Information was compiled from press releases, articles, websites and databases. Full citations for sources can be found in the bibliography.

CASE File: Major Real Estate Gifts
CASE File The colleges, universities and independent schools on this list have received major gifts of real estate. Information was compiled from press releases, articles, websites and databases. Full citations for sources can be found in the bibliography.

Dollars Up, Donors Down for Higher Ed Fundraising in U.S.
Article,  BriefCASE Article Giving to higher education increased while the number of donors decreased in fiscal year 2011, according to a survey of more than 100 public and private institutions in the United States.

University Giving Continues to Rise in UK
Article,  BriefCASE Article UK universities saw an increase in both the number of philanthropic donors and accompanying cash income in the academic year 2010-2011, according to the annual Ross-CASE survey.

Online Giving Grows Steadily for U.S. Nonprofits
Article,  BriefCASE Article While one-time gifts continue to be the largest source of revenue for nonprofits, monthly giving via online channels is growing steadily. That’s according to an annual study analyzing online messaging, fundraising, advocacy, social media and mobile metrics for nonprofits.

CASE File: Unusual Gifts
CASE File This list summarizes unusual gifts to colleges, universities and independent schools. Most gifts were accepted by the recipient institution, though a few were declined. Information was compiled from press releases, articles, websites and databases. Full citations for sources can be found in the bibliography.

Impulsive Action
CURRENTS Article A survey of donors who gave to the Haiti earthquake relief effort offers insight into the giving habits of mobile donors.

Researcher Debunks Myths about Chinese American Donors
Article,  BriefCASE Article "Chinese American donors are 'nontraditional.'" "Chinese American giving is 'small, private and personal.'" These are two of the myths explored and debunked in a new CASE white paper on giving by Chinese Americans.

Rivals on More than the Gridiron
CURRENTS Article Two Pennsylvania institutions used their long football rivalry to develop a young alumni giving challenge.

U.S. Fundraisers Predict Steady Growth in 2012 Giving to Education
Article,  BriefCASE Article Results from a recently released survey of fundraisers at CASE-member institutions in the United States builds on the VSE findings with participants estimating that giving to their institutions increased in the 2011 calendar year and will continue to grow in 2012

CASE File: Largest Gifts to Education
CASE File The institutions on this list have received a gift or pledge valued at $101 million U.S. dollars (unless indicated otherwise) or more. The list is organized in order from largest to smallest gift. The dollar amounts do not represent a donor's cumulative giving to a recipient institution. Information was compiled from press releases, articles, websites and databases. Full citations for sources can be found in the bibliography.

CASE File: Largest Gifts to Independent Schools
CASE File The schools on this list have received a gift or pledge valued at $10 million U.S. dollars (unless otherwise indicated) or more. The list is organized in order from largest to smallest gift. The dollar amounts do not represent a donor's cumulative giving to a recipient institution. Information was compiled from press releases, articles, websites and databases. Full citations for sources can be found in the bibliography.

Not Afraid to Ask
CURRENTS Article A $500 gift from new graduates may seem like a lot to ask, but Notre Dame found that young alumni are willing to give at that level if the gift specifically benefits students.

Text Keyword: Success
CURRENTS Article THON, the annual student-run fundraising dance marathon at The Pennsylvania State University, successfully added text-to-give to its toolkit, raising nearly $27,000.

A Snapshot of "Unraveling the Myths of Chinese American Giving: Exploring Donor Motivations and Effective Fundraising Strategies for U.S. Higher Education"
White Paper This white paper, a snapshot of the author's dissertation research, explores donor motivations among Chinese Americans and looks at fundraising strategies that higher education institutions might use to exploit those motivations. This paper will be useful for fundraising professionals who wish to develop culturally sensitive fundraising strategies.

Report Indicates Grantmakers More Strategic with Education Dollars
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report on trends in education philanthropy reveals that giving by grantmaking organizations in 2011 was fairly consistent with 2010 levels but that these donors were more strategic with their dollars.

Study: Text Messaging Campaigns Continue to Evolve
Article,  BriefCASE Article Nine percent of U.S. text message users have made charitable donations by text message, according to a new study—but successful text donation campaigns may be hard to replicate.

Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, 2011 Edition
Foundation Center
Report Part of the annual Foundations Today Series on foundation growth and trends in foundation giving, this report provides a first look at 2010 giving and directions for 2011 and 2012, together with aggregated actual 2009 giving and asset figures for more than 76,000 grantmaking U.S. foundations.

New Research Shows that Transfers Support Both Alma Maters
Article,  BriefCASE Article New research reveals that community college students who transfer to four-year institutions are as likely to donate to both their two- and four-year alma maters.

Study Recommends Metropolitan Approach to Higher Ed Philanthropy
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new study describes how metropolitan areas in the United States offer unique opportunities for private philanthropy to support higher education practice and degree attainment goals.

U.S. Higher Education Hangs Tough in Philanthropy Rankings
Article,  BriefCASE Article Higher education institutions outperformed many of their nonprofit peers with respect to fundraising, according to recent analysis of the top 400 nonprofits in the United States.

Growing Wealth in India Leads to Increased Private Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Private giving is growing rapidly in India with the country now leading China, Brazil and other developing nations in charitable giving.

UK Government Leaders See Higher Ed Giving Growing, Gaining Acceptance
Article,  BriefCASE Article Political leaders in the United Kingdom see philanthropy as a growing income stream for the country’s institutions of higher education despite economic worries at present. That’s according to Kate Hunter, executive director of CASE Europe, who joined two higher education panel discussions held during the annual Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences last month in London.

Challenging Economic Times Remain Despite Slight Uptick in Nonprofit Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report indicates that fewer than half of 813 surveyed nonprofits in the United States reported fundraising increases during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010.

Passing the Hat 2.0
CURRENTS Article "Crowdfunding," which allows startups and charitable projects to obtain small-scale financing through web-based campaigns, holds promise for college and university development offices.

July CFI Reports 4.7 Percent Increase in Giving in 2010-11
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers at educational institutions in the United States estimate that donations during the academic year that ended June 30, 2011, increased by 4.7 percent. Looking ahead, fundraisers predict further growth of 5.5 percent for the academic year that began July 1, 2011. That’s according to survey results released today by CASE.

Little by Little
CURRENTS Article A pie chart shows projected giving for 2012 based on the responses of 1,065 community, independent, and corporate foundations to the Foundation Center's annual Foundation Giving Forecast Survey.

U.S. Charitable Giving Shows Uptick Following Two Years of Decline
Article,  BriefCASE Article Charitable giving in the United States grew from about $280 billion in 2009 to nearly $291 billion in 2010, an increase of 3.8 percent in current dollars, according to results released this week by Giving USA Foundation. Giving to education rose 5.2 percent to nearly $42 billion, the first increase in two years.

Understand Corporate Donors to Grow Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Educational fundraisers in China must cultivate a higher level of expertise and professionalism to grow corporate giving, which continues to eclipse giving by individuals. That's according to a presenter at a recent CASE networking event in Beijing, China.

Donors Optimistic About 2011 Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers have the power to increase donor retention and gift value by communicating measurable results of giving, reports a new survey on donor giving in North America.

Wealthiest Donors in UK Decrease Annual Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article An annual survey of the wealthiest people in the United Kingdom reveals that charity donations from this exclusive group fell by almost one third in 2010, even as the number of donors giving more than 1 million pounds a year grew by about 10 percent.

Modest Growth in Foundation Giving Expected
Article,  BriefCASE Article Recently released survey findings reveal that giving by grant-making foundations in the United States held steady in 2010. Modest growth is expected for 2011.

Six Behaviors that Grow Generous Donors
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new study indicates that what parents say and do when it comes to giving and volunteering can have a significant impact on the charitable activities of their children once they become adults.

UK Charitable Giving "Recession-Proof"
Article,  BriefCASE Article New research reveals that charitable giving by households in the United Kingdom is largely recession-proof with British donors giving at the same level today as they did in 1988.

CASE Europe Welcomes UK Government Call for Increased Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article CASE Europe welcomed the UK government’s call for increased levels of giving and mutual support through its “Green Paper on Giving” but expressed concern over its emphasis on technology as a tactic to achieve social action and greater giving.

VSE Report: U.S. Donors Show Steady Commitment to Education
Article,  BriefCASE Article While giving to colleges and universities during the 2009-10 fiscal year didn't increase as much as anticipated, donors continued to "demonstrate their commitment to higher education with $28 billion in private support during the slow climb out of the recession," says CASE President John Lippincott in response to the Voluntary Support of Education Survey results.

Text Donors More Likely to Give and Give Again
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new study dispels a common perception that mobile giving cannibalizes other philanthropic channels, including direct mail, e-mail and websites, and concludes that text giving serves as an "important source within a diversified fundraising program."

Giving in India
CURRENTS Article Individual and corporate donations account for only 10 percent of charitable giving in India.

Survey: U.S. Education Fundraisers Anticipate Rebound in 2011 Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers for schools, colleges and universities estimated that giving to their institutions increased an average of 3.7 percent in 2010 over the previous year, according to survey results released today by CASE. They also predicted further growth of 5.6 percent in 2011.

Study Says Time to Engage Younger Generation is Now
Article,  BriefCASE Article Now is the time to engage individuals under age 45 as volunteers and donors – just as they move into their peak earning years, a new study concludes.

The Small Net
CURRENTS Article In spring 2010, Amherst College explored the possibility of using text-to-give technology as a method by which donors could contribute to the school's annual fund but ultimately decided that the costs exceeded the benefits. Amy Bovaird, associate director of Amherst's annual fund, explains why they decided not to use it but also discusses emerging technology that may work in the future.

Canada's Wealthy Continue to Give Despite Recession
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new survey of wealthy Canadians finds that nearly 60 percent of respondents say the recession has not impacted their donating habits and that two-thirds plan to give away between 1 and 3 percent of their wealth this year.

Technology, Culture Impact Giving in Various Countries
Article,  BriefCASE Article The United States is the "world's most generous nation," U.K. donors tend to be "less public," giving in Italy is "primarily an act of benevolence" and private giving in Australia is "highly reactive." These are a few observations highlighted in a new report by the Wall Street Journal.

Donor-Advised Funds Predicted to Increase in 2011
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recently released report predicts that donor-advised funds will "rebound strongly in 2010 and 2011."

Companies Gave More Non-Cash Donations than Money in 2009
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report shows that corporate giving fell among a majority of Fortune 100 companies in 2009, although aggregate corporate giving rose in 2009 to $9.93 billion, up 7 percent from 2008.

Checking In on Giving
CURRENTS Article Data on donation channels (e.g., phone, check by mail, checkout donation) overall and by generation are presented in a chart. The data come from a survey carried out by marketing, advocacy, and fundraising software firm Convio.

Report: Overall Donor Confidence in U.S. Falls
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report reveals that donor confidence in the economy and expectations about charitable giving are at their lowest levels since December 2008.

Annual Checkup
CURRENTS Article The Ross-CASE Survey of Gifts and Costs of Voluntary Giving evaluates the philanthropic health of universities in the U.K.

Report Says Nonprofits Face Tough Climb to Pre-Recession Success
Article,  BriefCASE Article The nonprofit sector continues to face an "incredibly difficult philanthropic environment." That's according to the findings of a new survey.

New Study Says Happy People are More Generous
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new global study finds that happier people are more likely to give money to charity than those who are wealthy.

Odds and Ends: Where the President Knows Your Name
CURRENTS Article In this interview, Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College, talks to CURRENTS about his use of social media, as well as the impact philanthropy can have on historically black colleges and universities.

Survey Sees Shift in Giving, Move Toward New, Independent Donor
Article,  BriefCASE Article Today's donors are confident, pro-active and more likely to give online. They also have a growing preference for supporting fewer nonprofits, don't like being over-solicited and want to see measurable results of their giving.

Survey Indicates Wealthy Donors May Give More to Offset Higher Taxes
Article,  BriefCASE Article Nearly 90 percent of financial advisers expect income taxes to increase for most of their clients in the next 12 to 18 months, and one in four predicts clients will increase charitable giving to offset these tax hikes, according to new survey findings.

Staying Mobile
CURRENTS Article A new report offers tips to help nonprofits get started on using text messaging to fundraise.

Report: Charitable Giving in U.S. Continues Decline in 2009
Article,  BriefCASE Article Recently released figures by Giving USA Foundation show that charitable giving in the United States dropped from nearly $316 billion in 2008 to $304 billion in 2009, a 3.6 percent decline in current dollars.

Asian Countries See Growth in Philanthropists
Article,  BriefCASE Article New data indicates that India, China and other countries in Asia are seeing a significant increase in wealthy philanthropists, according to a recent article in the Financial Times.

Ross-CASE Survey Shows Growth in Giving to UK Schools
Article,  BriefCASE Article UK universities secured more than £0.5 billion in charitable donations in the academic year 2008-09.

Research that U.K. Fundraisers Would Like to See Conducted
CURRENTS Article This chart shows the results of a recent survey in which U.K. fundraisers were asked which topics they'd like to see more research performed. The No. 1 topic was "identification of new segments of society that would be likely to give."

Onward and Upward
CURRENTS Article The vice president of development of the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts reports on new efforts at his institution and others to cultivate more gifts from midlevel donors as leadership gifts have become more scarce during the recession.

Treasure Chase
CURRENTS Article Advancement leaders from around the country and the world acknowledge the downturn in mega gifts to education during the Great Recession and discuss the best strategies for dealing with the new economy.

Odds and Ends: Call It the 'Kindphone'
CURRENTS Article CURRENTS interviews Jim Manis, innovator of text-to-give technology and founder of the Mobile Giving Foundation. Manis discusses his recent experiences with mobile giving and the Haiti relief effort.

Outlook: Climbing the Ladder of Generosity
CURRENTS Article In the end we are not measured by what we have, but by what we give to one another.

VSE Survey Shows Sharp Drop in 2009 Giving to U.S. Colleges, Universities
Article,  BriefCASE Article Charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States declined 11.9 percent to $27.85 billion, an indication that the impact of the recession on donors and the institutions they support was “even greater than anticipated,” according to CASE President John Lippincott.

Advance Work: Dipping Donations
CURRENTS Article Charitable giving in the U.K. was down in fiscal year 2009 by 11 percent.

Preparando el Terreno
CURRENTS Article Existen menos de veinte escuelas y universidades en Estados Unidos en las que al menos la mitad de sus ex alumnos contribuya financieramente con su alma máter en un año determinado. Y la tendencia va a la baja, no al alza. ¿Por qué sucede esto? ¿Se pueden permitir las instituciones que esta situación continúe?

¿Qué tienen en común los donativos, el pastel de chocolate y el sexo?
CURRENTS Article 10 razones por las que la gente dona¿Quieres saber cómo recaudar más?Entérate qué tienen en común los donativos, el pastel de chocolate y el sexo.Por Sandra Gurvis

Contar con la ciencia
CURRENTS Article En la Universidad de California, los investigadores más nuevos de San Diego están en la búsqueda de adelantos—en la ciencia y en procuración de fondos

Survey: U.S. Education Fundraisers Predict Growth in Giving for 2010
Article,  BriefCASE Article Fundraisers for U.S. schools, colleges and universities predict that giving will increase 3.7 percent during 2010, according to survey results released today by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. For 2009, the CASE Fundraising Index estimates that giving declined less than 1 percent from the previous year.

Odds & Ends: Natural Leader
CURRENTS Article In a short interview, Burt's Bees CEO John Replogle discusses sustainability and philanthropy.

Advance Work: The Habit of Giving
CURRENTS Article Researchers find that alumni who gave regularly in their first five years out gave on average eight times more in the long run than those who donated the same amount in the first five years but did not make a steady habit of it.

UK Higher Education Institutions Receive Most Million-Pound Donations
Article,  BriefCASE Article Higher education receives the highest portion of million-pound gifts than any other charity sector in the United Kingdom, according to a recently released report.

Ross-CASE Survey Shows Increased Higher Ed Giving Prior to Worst of the Recession
Article,  BriefCASE Article Giving to universities in the United Kingdom grew by 28 percent to £682 million in 2007-2008, according to the Ross-CASE Survey.

Odds and Ends: The Girl Effect
CURRENTS Article In a question-and-answer interview, Maria Eitel, president of the Nike Foundation, discusses the foundation's support of education for girls in the developing world.

Study Proves Personal Ask is Most Effective
Article,  BriefCASE Article Donors to charitable organizations give more when they are asked in person and when someone they know makes the request, according to a new study conducted by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Advance Work: 'Altruism is Sexy'
CURRENTS Article A study by evolutionary psychologists at the University of Kent found that men give more in the presence of attractive women. Another study by the same researchers found that women rate generous men as more attractive.

Advance Work: Donation Dollars and Sense
CURRENTS Article Has philanthropy really changed because of the economy?

Reaching for the Top
CURRENTS Article Author Elizabeth Harvey, a major gift officer at Mills College, surveys eight small and medium-sized colleges and universities to discover how the institutions are scaling the very top of their giving pyramids.

Report Says Confidence in U.S. Charitable Giving Climate Continues to Decline
Article,  BriefCASE Article Confidence in the U.S. fundraising climate continued to decline in the first half of 2009, according to the latest national survey of nonprofit fundraisers by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

CASE Europe Survey Shows Decline in Major Gifts but Improved Recruitment
Article,  BriefCASE Article More than 50 percent of development professionals say they are seeing a slowdown in major gift giving as a result of the recession, according to a recent CASE Europe survey.

A Big Benchmark: Lifetime Giving
Article,  BriefCASE Article Data mining gurus Peter Wylie and John Sammis have just released a report that tackles a big topic: “Benchmarking Lifetime Giving in Higher Education.”

CASE Fundraising Index Predicts Nearly 4 Percent Decline in 2008-09 Modest Growth in 2009-10
Article,  BriefCASE Article Educational fundraisers will likely see an average decline in giving of 3.9 percent for the 2008-09 academic year, according to the CASE Fundraising Index, a biannual forecasting tool.

Crunching the Numbers
CURRENTS Article In this story, CASE Senior Director of Research Chris Thompson demonstrates how to analyze the data in the annual Voluntary Support of Education survey in order to compare your institution's alumni fundraising with national averages for peer institutions.

Cultivating Your Crop
CURRENTS Article There are fewer than 20 colleges and universities in the United States in which at least half of the alumni contribute financially to their alma mater in any given year. And this trend is headed downward, not up. Why is this the case, and can institutions afford to let it continue?

Advance Work: Pound Hound
CURRENTS Article A report chronicles for the first time the million-pound donations made in the United Kingdom from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2007.

CURRENTS Article 美国有不超过20所大学每年能获得半数以上的校友通过捐赠回馈母校。这个数字有待持续下滑,毫无上升的迹象。为什么会有这种趋势?大学能坐视这种情况持续恶化吗?

Cultiver Vos Terres
CURRENTS Article Moins de 20 établissements d’enseignement supérieur aux Etats-Unis bénéficient d’une contribution financière annuelle d’au moins 50% des anciens.Et cette tendance est à la baisse. Pourquoi ? Nos institutions peuvent-elles se permettre de laisser ce phénomène continuer?

Businesses Remain Charitable in Downturn
Article,  BriefCASE Article In related news, more than half of U.S. companies increased their philanthropy in 2008 despite the challenging economy, according to a survey from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

Giving Still a Priority for Many Despite Economy Woes
Article,  BriefCASE Article Recently released figures by Giving USA 2009 show that charitable giving in the United States remains an “integral part of the country’s economic fabric” despite the worst economic climate since the Great Depression.

Year of the Rat
CURRENTS Article Fundraising the Asian-Pacific region can be challenging. But navigating those challenges can reap huge rewards.

Building Blocks
CURRENTS Article Although European nations may seem similar, their approach to philanthropy is varied. Read how about a receding welfare state is forcing many countries to build their own philanthropic culture.

U.S. Institutions Must Address Impact of Immigrant Giving, Expert Says
Article,  BriefCASE Article The United States is experiencing a demographic shift that is likely to have a significant impact on fundraising and alumni relations at K-12 and higher education institutions.

Corporate Giving Expected to Decline in '09
Article,  BriefCASE Article In related news, a survey by the Conference Board reveals that corporate giving by U.S. companies will likely decline in 2009 as they shift toward more critical business issues and an “increased emphasis” on measuring giving outcomes.

Giving to U.S. Institutions Grows, But 2009 Outlook Dim
Article,  BriefCASE Article Donors expressed continued confidence in American colleges and universities during the 2007-2008 academic year by increasing their contributions 6.2 percent over the previous year.

Engaging Minority Alumni Strengthens Loyalty, Gifts
Article,  BriefCASE Article The reason more minority alumni don’t give to their alma maters is often as simple as this—they aren’t asked.

CASE Fundraising Tool Forecasts Slight Decline in Giving to Education in 2009
Article,  BriefCASE Article Giving to education in the United States is likely to decline slightly in the coming year, according to the CASE Fundraising Index, a biannual forecasting tool.

Advance Work: Millennial Motivations
CURRENTS Article Study shows that the Millennial generation are as philanthropically inclined as older generations.

A Match Made in Heaven
CURRENTS Article Many prospects acquire their wealth through their entrepreneurial ventures. Development officers can tap into this potential through the concept of angel investing--the opportunity for donors to start a new business, champion a cause, and be directly involved.

Advance Work: A Will to Give
CURRENTS Article If older alumni and donors are your bequest prospects, you might want to lower your age range, according to a recent report on the topic.

Closing Remarks: He Gave, She Gave
CURRENTS Article There have always been women philanthropists. Nowadays there are more of them, with more wealth. The author challenges the assumptions and sheds light on what the real differences are between female donors and male donors, and among women philanthropists.

Venture Philanthropy Nation
CURRENTS Article Venture philanthropy burst on the scene 10 years ago, went into hiberation after the dot-com bust, and is now reemerging--a little older, a lot wiser. This approach enables development officers to appeal to donors with wealth, a cause to champion, a desire to be involved, and an entrepreneurial bent.

The Baby Bloomers
CURRENTS Article As one branch of donors reaches maturity and falls away, another begins to grow. Development has never been more challenging as advancement officers try to cultivate Gen X and Gen Y donors--who have very different values, attitudes, and motivations toward philanthropy than their predecessors, the Baby Boomers, and from each other. This article tells what some campus advancement offices are doing to communicate, connect with, and engage these emerging generations.

Advance Work: Mind Served
CURRENTS Article The Minnesota Correctional Education Foundation raises money so that inmates in Minnesota prisons can take college courses. Fundraising for this foundation is not an easy task.

Philanthropy for Research
European Commission
Report In most European countries, with the exception of the UK, philanthropy does not focus on research. However, successful experiences show that philanthropy could help fund research, particularly in areas with important benefits for society such as health-related research. This page links to several European Commission reports and documents that support raising philanthropic dollars for research, including "Giving More for Research in Europe: the Role of Foundations and the Non-Profit Sector in Boosting R&D Investment" and "Engaging Philanthropy for University Research: Fundraising by Universities from Philanthropic Sources."

Closing Remarks: The World's Largest Gift
CURRENTS Article Warren Buffett's $31 billion gift to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reminds us that there are universal truths to fundraising, that are unrelated to the size of the gift.

Cultivating Young Sprouts
CURRENTS Article Millennials are arriving on campuses with a strong sense of engagement and looking for ways to serve the community. They want to connect to something larger than themselves, but they either aren't receptive to fund-raising efforts or they feel their money can do more good at the grassroots level. Development professionals need to capitalize on their desire and get them involved in giving to their institutions while they're still undergraduates. One way is to foster communication and working relationships among development, alumni relations, and student affairs. The article describes several successful and creative cultivation and education programs at various institutions that take a collaborative approach.

Circles of Engagement
CURRENTS Article This article describes groups called giving circles, in which the members pool their funds and decide where to allocate them in their communities. The giving circles described in this article, each unique in design, also vary in their focus. These giving circles are made up of women, for whom this is often their introduction into philanthropy.

Motive Operandi
CURRENTS Article Author Cindy Sterling conducted research concerning gender differences in planned giving at small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast. Among other things, Sterling quantifies the amounts and types of planned gifts women and men make, explains why women made their giving choices, and suggests strategies planned giving officers can use to strengthen their solicitation efforts. A sidebar identifies key planned giving terms with which all development officers should be familiar.

AdvanceWork: Rich in Spirit
CURRENTS Article According to the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s 2004 “Generosity Index,” Mississippi is the nation’s most generous state and New Hampshire is the least generous. The rankings are based on the Catalogue’s review of 2002 Internal Revenue Service personal income tax returns and subsequent ranking of each state’s average adjusted gross income and average itemized charitable contributions.

Talking Points: British Advancement Comes of Age
CURRENTS Article In May 2004, the UK government's Task Force on Voluntary Giving released "Increasing Voluntary Giving to Education," commonly referred to as the "Thomas Report." The report, which offers a road map for advancement in the UK for the next 10 years, is based on the premise that voluntary giving helps institutions achieve excellence and is not a substitute for public funding. The report examines, among other things, the giving culture in the UK and the United States. It also looks at how to create an asking institution and a giving culture and outlines 11 specific recommendations.

AdvanceWork: Less Is More
CURRENTS Article The NewTithing Group has reported that wealthier donors tend to give a smaller percentage of their total wealth to charitable interests. Its study of U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax filings for 2001 found that the "middle rich" and "upper middle class"--those making between $200,000 and $10 million annually--gave away less than 0.5 percent of their total wealth in 2001. Those making less than $200,000, meanwhile, gave an average 1 percent of their total wealth to charity.

AdvanceWork: Stars in Their Eyes
CURRENTS Article Alumni of historically black colleges and universities are giving to alma mater in increasing numbers; the average size of their gifts also is on the rise. In May, the Kresge Foundation’s HBCU Initiative held an event to celebrate this unprecedented growth in major gift philanthropy by noncelebrity HBCU alumni and to raise alumni awareness of giving.

The Lay of the Land
CURRENTS Article Education faces an increasingly complex philanthropic environment in which everything from record fuel prices to headline-grabbing accounts of malfeasance can affect what donors think and do. This article examines the political, economic, and social factors affecting giving today and education’s place in donors' priorities list. Trends include more competition for fewer donors; activist giving; new relationships with foundations; and more demands for accountability.

AdvanceWork: An EKG on Education Giving
CURRENTS Article Over the past 25 years, total voluntary support to higher education in the United States has increased more than 700 percent, from $3.04 billion in 1978 to $23.9 billion in 2003. A closer look at the Council for Aid to Education’s “Voluntary Support of Education Survey” reveals significant long-term gains in both alumni and foundation giving, despite the 14 percent drop in alumni giving that occurred in 2002.

Increasing Voluntary Giving to Higher Education: Task Force Report to Government
Report Often called the Thomas Report in reference to Eric Thomas' role as chair of the Task Force on Voluntary Giving to Higher Education, this key report from May 2004 sets forth the UK Government's proposals for building fundraising infrastructure and increasing voluntary giving to higher education.

AdvanceWork: The Other Campaign
CURRENTS Article New data allow the public to track giving to U.S. national political campaigns in greater detail than ever. As of February 2004, people who work in education had given more than $3.8 million to major party presidential candidates, with Republican President George W. Bush and Democrat Gov. Howard Dean neck-and-neck in fund raising from this sector.

AdvanceWork: Holding Steady
CURRENTS Article A spring 2003 survey of U.S. consumers revealed that the percentage who say they give to education remained constant at 27 percent from 2002 to 2003, a reassuring finding.

Creating a New Comfort Zone
CURRENTS Article University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Marybeth Gasman has devoted her professional life to researching issues pertaining to African-American philanthropy. This article explores the big-picture issues that all fund raisers need to understand to build mutually beneficial relationships with their black constituents.

Beyond Borders
CURRENTS Article Have fund raisers begun tailoring their appeals to minority major gift prospects, and to what effect? This piece shares the insights of consultants and development officers from predominantly white institutions who have enjoyed some success in cultivating black, Hispanic, and Asian donors.

AdvanceWork: Sitting Pretty
CURRENTS Article Affluent individuals require a minimum of $1 million to $10 million in assets to feel financially secure, according to the "Wealth & Values Survey 2003" conducted by Community Foundations of America and HNW. Major gifts officers must therefore work even harder to convince these prospects that they can afford to support charitable causes.

Closing Remarks: Crisis of Confidence
CURRENTS Article Three research reports--from the Brookings Institution’s Center for Public Service, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Independent Sector--indicate that public trust in the charitable sector is declining in the United States. The sector’s complacent reaction suggests a lack of willingness to deal with the problem or even conduct more rigorous research. To fortify public trust, the author suggests three basic strategies. This Closing Remarks column is of interest to advancement managers in all disciplines.

AdvanceWork: Charity Begins at Work
CURRENTS Article In an effort to encourage more private sector philanthropy, in January 2003 the Australian Tax Office agreed to let workers make charitable donations through pretax payroll deductions. The program lets donors realize the benefits of giving immediately rather than after they file their taxes. This Advancework item is of interest to development and advancement services officers who want to develop giving incentives.

The Mechanics of Venture Philanthropy
CURRENTS Article The new field of venture philanthropy, with its entrepreneurial, take-charge mindset and emphasis on quick, measurable results, can sometimes seem a poor match for educational institutions. But some development offices have successfully set up venture funds that allow their campuses to benefit from this new way of giving. Prerequisites are sufficient numbers of alumni interested in venture philanthropy and willingness on campus to give the approach a try.

Pound for Pound
CURRENTS Article The British people have deeply conflicted attitudes about giving. They have always believed that giving should be an altruistic and spontaneous act; fundraising is heavily dominated by methods of collecting spare change. However, revolutionary steps are being taken to transform charitable giving and philanthropy in Britain. In July 2001, the Giving Age agenda was set forth with new provisions to expand tax incentives for gifts, reduce administrative impediments, and broaden participation. Early results suggest that the new policies may be taking hold.

A Climate of Uncertainty
CURRENTS Article With the downturn in foundation giving, educational fund raisers must work to maintain relationships with current donors and to seek other funding sources to replace lost gifts. They should also stay abreast of trends in the philanthropic sector, such as funders’ interest in improving access to technology, the development of research on foundation giving, the growing emphasis on strategic grantmaking, and uncertainty about the new model of “venture philanthropy.”

AdvanceWork: A Charitable Neighborhood
CURRENTS Article Another warm and fuzzy lesson from Mister Rogers

The Roots of Minority Giving
CURRENTS Article Minority-group giving has traditionally consisted of direct assistance from one individual to another, but members of minority groups are increasingly participating in formal philanthropy. The author surveys philanthropic traditions among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. She also presents recommendations development officers can use when reaching out to members of these ethnic groups.

Which Way Is the Wind Blowing?
CURRENTS Article At a three-day conference, university development officers, consultants, and corporate and foundation representatives discussed the outlook for corporate and foundation giving.

Closing Remarks: Awakening the Philanthropic Spirit
CURRENTS Article Beney suggests that because higher education in the United Kingdom has been nearly free to students for many years, the population has grown to expect that the government will cover all costs. As that funding landscape changes, Beney encourages institutions to explain that philanthropy for education is not a new phenomenon in the UK, but rather an old and noble one that has become dormant and is in need of waking.

Are You Ready for Donor-Advised Funds?
CURRENTS Article Donors are increasingly using donor-advised funds administered by commercial investment companies to realize tax benefits of giving before they are ready to decide on their charitable goals. These funds invest donor money and distribute it over time, based on nonbinding requests from donors. The funds have earned careful approval from the IRS, but they pose technical questions for institutional officials. The article discusses who should receive credit for the gift, why donors cannot apply these gifts to their personal pledges, and whether DAF donations might qualify for matching gifts. A sidebar describes the tension between community foundations and DAFs sponsored by commercial companies.

In Advance: What's Up? Giving to Education
CURRENTS Article Two reports show strong increases in education-related philanthropy

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