Voluntary Support of Education
Since 1957, the Voluntary Support of Education Survey collected data on fundraising at North America's educational institutions.
Data from the survey can be accessed and used in several ways. They are published in the annual report, Voluntary Support of Education. They are summarized in tables and graphs that appear in PowerPoint presentation files.
They are also available by subscription on Data Miner, CASE’s interactive online database. Whether in summary form or in detailed institution-level reporting, the VSE is considered the definitive source of information on private giving to education institutions in the United States.
The Voluntary Support of Education survey is the authoritative North American source of data on charitable giving to higher education and private K-12 institutions.
The VSE survey yields hundreds of variables related to fundraising in public and private colleges and universities and a small number of precollege institutions. CASE, beginning in 2018, manages the survey, having acquired it from CAE—which had managed it beginning in 1957.
CASE encourages any institution that wishes to participate to supply data. The data are used to estimate national trends and for benchmarking by individual institutions.
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VSE Participation and Standards
VSE Data Miner is a web-based benchmarking service that provides access to more than 350 variables about charitable giving to educational institutions.
The data are collected through the online VSE Survey. Users have access to 10 years of survey data from more than 1,000 survey respondents. The data can be organized into tables, graphed, sorted and summarized. Data Miner's functionality also enables users to create groups of institutions to study—called comparison groups. These can be designed manually, by listing institutions, or they can be designed by querying the system for like features, such as size, location, control, type of degree and more.
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