The CASE-Ross report, released by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), shows new philanthropic funds secured by UK and Irish higher
education institutions was £1.09 billion during the 2019-2020 reporting year.

The new funds secured from philanthropic sources has remained higher than £1 billion for the third year running though average new funds secured decreased 17% from 2018-19 figures. The total cash income
received in 2019-2020 was £1.03 billion. The average cash income received by all institutions has only decreased by 0.1% since 2018-19.

The total number of donors to reporting institutions was 214,115, up from 204,967 in the previous reporting year, suggesting that even during a difficult time, institutions are fruitfully engaging with their communities.

Since 2018-19, the average number of donors to institutions has increased by 3.6% and the average amount of alumni donors increased by 5%.

Other key findings from the 2019-2020 survey data include:

  • Large gifts continued to contribute significantly to the sector’s success. Amongst 79 institutions that provided the data, 219 donors made gifts or pledges of £500k or more during 2019-2020 (excludes elite and fragile institutions).
  • On an overall level, institutions sourced 66% of their new funds from organisations (including companies, trusts and foundations and lottery) and the remaining 34% from individuals.
  • Of the institutions that provided the breakdown for total donor figures, 97% were individuals and 3% were trusts and foundations, companies, lotteries, or other organisations.
  • 149,715 of the reported 10.8m contactable alumni made contributions during the year.
  • Contactable alumni numbers continued the long-term trend of inexorable rise.
  • Investment in alumni magazines declined for the third year in a row.
  • Staff costs accounted for 79% of average fundraising expenditures and 73% of average alumni relations expenditures.

You can read the full report here:

As in previous years, the comments below contain links to further analysis, insights and interpretations of this years data. That way this page becomes a one stop collection for all to benefit.

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