Have your say on charitable giving at universities

More than one hundred years ago, the University of Birmingham was founded on charitable giving. Philanthropic support has been at the heart of the University since its conception and thanks to the continuing generosity of our donors, the University’s ambitious Circles of Influence fundraising campaign is changing lives.

The future of charitable giving to universities is currently being reviewed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and we would like to invite you to take part in the public consultation phase by completing this questionnaire about your opinions on philanthropic giving to Higher Education.

Philanthropy has always contributed towards Higher Education, growing significantly in the last decade, with a major impact on the total resources available for higher education and enhancing the current student and alumni experience.

Nick Blinco, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University explains:

"At the University of Birmingham, philanthropic giving supports the University’s life-changing research into critical issues that affect us all, helps to open the University to talented students regardless of their financial circumstances and enables us to develop the University's beautiful campus to provide world-class facilities for our students, staff, and the people of Birmingham."

The HEFCE review group, chaired by Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University, and of which Nick is a member, will examine the current state of philanthropic support to Higher Education institutions across the UK, and will address challenges for the next decade, focusing on four main areas of investigation:

• Improving understanding of donors to Higher Education

• Improving understanding of government initiated incentives to giving in Higher Education

• Improve understanding of the impact of philanthropy on Higher Education

• Improving understanding of the changes required to Higher Education Institutions in order to further improve fundraising success

Anyone with an interest in Higher Education is being encouraged to take part in the public consultation phase of the review.

To take part in the questionnaire, please visit: http://www.morepartnership.com/news/hefcereview by Thursday 7 June 2012.