benchmarks in action

expert analysis of IDPE Study findings

The UK’s largest fundraising survey for the education sector

We’re grateful to those 181 schools that took part. 76% of them reported philanthropic income totaling £172m between September 2014 and August 2016.

The IDPE and Graham-Pelton benchmarking survey results are currently available only to the schools that participated in the effort.

Participating schools have received the report. If you would like a copy, please contact IDPE.

In the meantime, our experts have aggregated the key takeaways that can inform your actions as you look to a new year. They’ll be released twice per week throughout the next month.

How does your school measure up?

Contact our experts to learn more about Graham-Pelton’s Bespoke Reports, specifically tailored to your institution and goals. This will provide additional insight into your school’s results based on your type of school, region, income raised, size of team, and more. The Graham-Pelton Bespoke Report will include tables indicating the position of your school against other anonymised schools. It will also include specific content and additional points for consideration by your school.

our key findings

Beyond Benchmarking: What the data can’t tell you

Victoria McAlpine, Senior Consultant

Dangers of becoming an ‘average’ fundraising school

Andy Wood, Managing Director

Creating a step-change through major gifts

Becki Mckinlay, Managing Consultant

Legacy giving and its possibilities

Victoria McAlpine, Senior Consultant

Well begun is half done: campaigns and planning


No such thing as an average school


The recruitment and retention challenge


Impactful friend-raising


Demonstrating progress beyond £