CCS congratulates the UK higher education fundraising sector on the successes of 2015. The new Ross-CASE Report makes for very helpful reading for advancement professionals in the sector. Highlights include:

  • Income grew from £807 million in 2013-14 to £860 million in 2014-15.
    The mean income of the Russell Group (excluding Oxbridge) has for the first time exceeded £10 million per University per annum.
  • There is a growing trend of larger donations, with 65 gifts of £1m+ made to third level institutions in 2015.
  • Investment in fundraising continues to grow, totalling £93 million, up from £83 million.

CCS attributes 2015 results to the following trends:

  • Vice-Chancellors and other university leaders are making more time for fundraising and working more closely with major donors and prospects.
  • Universities are taking steps to ensure that their campaign priorities are in alignment with their long-term strategic objectives.  Fundraising “wish lists” have been replaced by more urgent and compelling institutional priorities that increase competitiveness.
  • A higher percentage of universities are conducting comprehensive campaigns and setting more ambitious activity benchmarks and financial goals, both domestic and international.
  • Despite the challenges that continue to face the sector, CCS anticipates continued growth in higher education fundraising, especially six- and seven-figure investments for innovative scholarship programmes, cutting edge research initiatives and international partnerships.

Click here to read the full Ross-CASE Report findings>>

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