The Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey is the authoritative national source of data on charitable giving to higher-education and private K-12 institutions.
Each year, CAE gathers data about charitable support of higher-education and precollege institutions via its VSE survey. The survey yields hundreds of variables related to fundraising in public and private colleges and universities and a small number of precollege institutions. CAE has managed the VSE survey since 1957 and encourages any institution that wishes to participate to supply data. The data are used to estimate national trends and for benchmarking by individual institutions.