University's fundraising team featured as case study in national toolkit for higher education fundraising

Posted by ac555 at May 06, 2014 12:55 PM |
Development and Alumni Relations Office case study included in national report on philanthropy
University's fundraising team featured as case study in national toolkit for higher education fundraising

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) name DARO in national report

The University of Leicester’s Development and Alumni Relations Office has been featured in a national report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which demonstrates that the higher education fundraising workforce must continue to grow in order to unlock significant fundraising potential for the higher education sector.

Director of Development Steve O’Connor is quoted in the report, discussing his experience of growing philanthropy at Leicester, which has included securing its biggest ever single philanthropic donation of £7 million from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation for the University’s life-changing Cardiovascular Research Centre.

He says: “We’ve done well at winning big gifts and have been recognised with major industry awards. Our success in large part is down to having the right fundraising professionals at all stages of their career and playing to their many strengths and great potential. Our approach has been informed by the proven major giving and community fundraising skills and experience in the team. We also enjoy close collaboration with academic colleagues and members of the University’s Development Board who actively support and facilitate our fundraising activity.” 

In the past year, the Development and Alumni Relations Office was awarded Outstanding University Fundraising Initiative at the 2013 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) for the Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal. Their innovative use of social media for fundraising was also recognised with an award from the Institute of Fundraising.

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