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Emerging Stronger: 2021 Higher Education Community Report for Advancement

Each year, Blackbaud publishes a Higher Education Community Report for Advancement, which has traditionally provided a recap on how advancement organizations performed in the recent fiscal year, as well as best practices for fundraising.   

This year, much has changed, and therefore our report has, too. Over the past 18 months, higher education institutions have learned a lot about their potential—and their obligation—to shape a brighter future.  

The Emerging Stronger: 2021 Higher Education Community Report for Advancement aims to help prepare the higher education advancement community for the potentially permanent effects wrought by a global pandemic, an economic crisis, and the elevation of significant social justice issues.  

With insights generated from over 170 million donor data transactions from institutions of all sizes across the U.S. that are part of the Blackbaud Fundraiser Performance Management™ Community, this report focuses on the issues higher education institutions should be exploring and the questions they should be asking.  

The report shares significant analysis of higher education fundraising trends, donor insights and best practices to improve organizational effectiveness. 

Key topics include: 

  • The Pandemic’s Effect on Fundraising Performance: Get a complete view of how the pandemic influenced fundraising activities and results across the Blackbaud Fundraiser Performance Management community.  
  • 2021: The Pandemic as a Catalyst for Change: Find out what areas need rethinking and how higher education will soon transform more significantly and more quickly than any other time in history. 
  • How to Maintain Your Momentum: Learn best practices for achieving fundraising success today and in the future.  
  • Customer Recognition: Read how your peers are leveraging technology to harness change and drive their missions forward.  

While higher education leaders work within their institutions, Blackbaud pursues research, strategies and technology solutions to support their goals. Download a free copy of Emerging Stronger: 2021 Higher Education Community Report for Advancement to dive deeper into our insights and recommendations.  

Together, we can emerge stronger.