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CASE-CCAE Survey of Charitable Giving to Canadian Higher Education

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) are collaborating on the first comprehensive survey of charitable giving to Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics. At present, there is no comprehensive source of data on fundraising and charitable giving to Canadian colleges, polytechnics and universities. This survey aims to fill that information gap.

The survey will:

  • Raise the profile of higher education advancement in Canada and increase public understanding of the role of philanthropy in support of education;
  • Provide data to help measure the impact of public policy and inform advocacy initiatives supporting educational advancement in Canada and globally;
  • Enable participating institutions to measure and benchmark fundraising progress year-over-year and among peer institutions; 
  • Help institutional leaders set goals, assess performance, build capacity, and make informed, strategic decisions regarding investments in advancement. 

CCAE and CASE have collaborated to frame and review the survey and associated reporting definitions with input from an advisory group of Canadian advancement leaders. The survey has been adapted from models used by CASE in the U.K. Europe, Australia, and New Zealand that have become the authoritative source of data on philanthropic support of higher education in the those regions and helped to demonstrate the impact of higher education fundraising.

The survey will be launched in mid-July and will close on November 9, 2018.

To ensure a robust data set, participation by all Canadian post-secondary institutions is strongly encouraged. Use this CASE-CCAE Survey Contact Form to provide the name and contact information of the individual who will have primary responsibility for completing the survey and to whom administrative communications should be addressed.

Survey participants will be able to access data and benchmark against peer institutions using the CASE Benchmarking Toolkit.

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CASE and CCAE are grateful for the guidance and support of our project advisors who have contributed their time and expertise to this initiative.

Contact if you have questions or suggestions regarding the survey or reporting guidelines.