UWE celebrates CASE Europe matched funding success

Issue date: 14 May 2012

David Gillatt, Emma Sambrook, Kate Hunter and Ron Ritchie

UWE Bristol has been named one of the outstanding fundraising universities in 2010-11 in the recent CASE Europe Matched Funding Awards.

The top Higher Education Institutions were Rose Bruford College (Tier One), UWE (Tier Two) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Tier Three). They were presented with their awards in front of over 100 figures from the higher education sector, including donors, volunteers and David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

The awards marked the third and final year of the government-backed matched funding scheme for voluntary giving. The CASE Europe paid homage to the three institutions who have made improved and sustained fundraising performance in that period, showing an increase in donors, new funds secured and growth in cash income.

UWE's Director of Development and Alumni Relations Emma Sambrook said, “The project that UWE celebrated as being pivotal for our fundraising success is a partnership researching prostate cancer. Led by Professor Anthony Rhodes at UWE, Professor Jeff Holly at the University of Bristol, Mr David Gillatt from Bristol Urological Institute and Dr Amit Bahl at the Bristol Oncology Centre, the research team aims for better insight into what causes cancer cells to metastasise or spread.

“That will help the partnership to design and test new improved drugs for targeting and destroying these tumour cells that threaten the lives of many cancer patients. Cancer research is something many donors like to support and the fundraising team at UWE is very pleased to have played a small part in the project.”

Video interviews with the winners are available here.

Professor Eric Thomas, President of Universities UK and Chair of the Board of CASE Europe said, “In addition to generating an alternative source of income, the HEFCE matched funding for voluntary giving scheme has succeeded in bringing about a culture change – it has raised the awareness of giving to higher education, helping to normalise giving at all levels. Universities themselves have articulated the case for the role of philanthropy in our sector - both individually and collectively – they have highlighted its impact on the lives of current and future students, academic research programmes and the communities where our institutions are rooted."

"CASE Europe is delighted that these awards honour a series of hard-working fundraising teams, who have used this unique government pledge to the benefit of their institution, students and communities. By coming together as an industry, we commend the large number of individuals who have effected positive change in a relatively short period of time: everyone from the volunteers, donors, fundraisers and leaders who have all demonstrated passion and professionalism in advancing the cause of giving to higher education," says Kate Hunter, Executive Director for CASE Europe.

The matched funding scheme was a government-led programme that aimed to increase voluntary giving to higher education providers. All higher education institutions and directly funded further education colleges in England were invited to participate in the scheme.

Eligible gifts to participating institutions were matched through a fund of £200 million. Such institutions received matched funding according to their place in one of three tiers, each with a different funding ratio and cap suitable for institutions with differing degrees of fundraising experience.

The scheme, the first in the UK, started on 1 August 2008 and ran until July 2011. For further information, visit hefce.

Editor's notes

About CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)

CASE is the global professional association for educational philanthropy and professionals who work in fundraising/development, alumni relations, communications and marketing.

CASE's membership includes more than 3,500 colleges, universities, and schools in 71 countries, making it one of the largest non‐profit education associations in the world. CASE has offices in London, Washington DC, Singapore and Mexico City, from which it provides training and advocacy, produces handbooks, benchmarking tools and online resources, organises study tours, and administers awards for outstanding practice.

In Europe, CASE provides over 50 events a year in Europe, ranging from beginner seminars to advanced forums. The steady growth in attendance at CASE events is a clear indicator of the increasing hunger for information and best practice on educational fundraising and alumni relations within European institutions.

When practitioners share their experiences – positive and negative – it strengthens the professionalism and the potential of all. Presenters at CASE events are therefore drawn from the ranks of experienced fundraising professionals and the leaders of their institutions.

CASE Europe is a registered charity. The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Professor Eric Thomas, Vice‐Chancellor of the University of Bristol and President of Universities UK. Other trustees include Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice‐Chancellor of Loughborough University.

For further information visit CASE Europe.

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