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Volume 4, Issue 10

Survey Results Highlight Foundation Operations

More than three-quarters of respondents to a recent survey of community college foundations were either planning a major fundraising campaign, had one in progress or had recently completed one.

This is among the many findings of the 2014 CASE Survey of Community College Foundations, which included responses from 122 foundations in the United States and Canada. Other key findings include:

  • The most popular campaign goal was between $1 million and $5 million, but 38 percent of foundations anticipated surpassing $5 million.
  • Sixty-six percent of foundations had an active major gifts program. Among those foundations, 20 percent had collected at least one gift between $1.5 million and $2.49 million, and 24 percent had collected a gift of at least $2.5 million.
  • Ninety-seven percent of foundations had endowments; 75 percent of those are valued at less than $10 million.
  • Fifty-seven percent of foundations project to receive at least $1 million in private support in the next fiscal year.
  • The most common destination for private support was scholarships, which respondents also ranked as the top fundraising priority by a wide margin.
  • The reach of scholarship benefits varied across the participating institutions with the majority awarding scholarships to a few hundred students annually. On average, 3.9 percent of the student body received scholarships, and the average amount per beneficiary was $1,126.

A white paper analyzing the results of the survey—including in-depth information about foundation staffing, funding and spending—is available for download by CASE members and non-members.

This article is from the April 2015 issue of the Community College Advancement News.

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