Gift Contributions to U.S. Colleges and Universities Concentrated at the top research universities

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The Council for Aid to Education published survey data (of 1,009 institutions) on charitable giving to American colleges and universities during fiscal year 2011. In total, charitable gifts to these institutions of higher education increased (after adjusting for inflation) 4.8 percent from the previous year to $30.3 billion.


Charitable Gifts Concentrated at the Top

As is true of the nonprofit sector overall, most of the charitable

dollars go to a small number of institutions. Twenty-five percent of the responding institutions raised 86.3 percent of the dollars

reported on the VSE survey. The next 25 percent account for under 10 percent, and the next two quartiles of institutions together account for less than 5 percent of the total.


The nation’s top 20 fundraising universities

(and dollars received) in 2011 are:

1. Stanford University ($709.42 million)

2. Harvard University ($639.15 million)

3. Yale University ($580.33 million)

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($534.34 million)

5. Columbia University ($495.56 million)

6. Johns Hopkins University ($485.41 million)

7. University of Pennsylvania ($437.72 million)

8. University of California–Los Angeles ($415.03 million)

9. University of California–San Francisco ($409.45 million)

10. University of Southern California ($402.41 million)

11. University of Texas at Austin ($354.34 million)

12. Duke University ($349.66 million)

13. New York University ($337.85 million)

14. University of Washington ($334.49 million)

15. University of Wisconsin–Madison ($315.77 million)

16. Cornell University ($315.53 million)

17. Indiana University ($295.90 million)

18. University of California–Berkeley ($283.35 million)

19. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ($274.95 million)

20. University of Minnesota ($272.57 million)


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