University of Dubuque Ranks Third in State for Fundraising Results

Feb 15, 2010 | University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

The Council for Aid to Education (CAE) announced this week that the University of Dubuque has ranked third among colleges in the State of Iowa for the highest fundraising totals for 2009.

The University's fundraising efforts yielded $11,539,062 in 2009, ranking third behind the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. 

"We are grateful for the support of trustees, alumni/ae and friends for their significant investment in the mission of the University of Dubuque," said John Puotinen, senior vice president for advancement. "Their generosity provides tremendous opportunity for UD students as they prepare for lives of service and achievement. We know that the economic downturn has had an impact on people's giving decisions nationwide, with the average giving to educational institutions falling by over 11% in 2009. It is truly inspiring to witness the generosity that guides our friends and alumni in providing opportunities for others. That generosity has helped the University of Dubuque move forward in philanthropy this past year, in spite of the economic concerns affecting our nation and world."

CAE is a national nonprofit organization based in New York City. Initially established in 1952 to advance corporate support of education and to conduct policy research on higher education, today CAE is also focused on improving quality and access in higher education. They are the nation's sole source of empirical data on private giving to education, through the annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. Their reports show that charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States grew by 6.3 percent in 2007, reaching $29.75 billion.