Since 1957, CAE has conducted an annual survey of colleges and universities. The purpose of the survey is to collect data on fundraising at the nation’s higher-education institutions, and, more recently, at a number of private precollege institutions.
Data from the survey can be accessed and used in several ways. They are published in the annual report, Voluntary Support of Education. They are summarized in tables and graphs that appear in PowerPoint presentation files. They are also available by subscription on Data Miner, CAE’s interactive online database. Whether in summary form or in detailed institution-level reporting, the VSE is considered the definitive source of information on private giving to education institutions in the United States.