University of New South Wales (UNSW) partnered with CCS on a capital campaign, providing support in planning, launching and communicating their campaign. In addition to great success to date, this partnership has positioned UNSW to strategically engage donors.

University of New South Wales

Based in: Sydney, NSW, International, Asia-Pacific

Sector: Higher Education

Reach: Local

Key Elements

  • Helped plan, ramp up, and conduct UNSW’s first campaign which is on track to reach its goal and has received over 90 gifts of $1 million or more
  • Supported the creation of a professional Division of Philanthropy that is on its way to raising over $100 million annually
  • Created a stronger culture of philanthropy that has enabled UNSW to scale its fundraising

University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a leading Australian university committed to making a difference through pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented global citizens for career success. UNSW has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focusing on areas critical to our future: from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. Guided by an ambitious 10-year strategic vision, the 2025 Strategy, UNSW aspires to be Australia’s global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education, and a commitment to advancing a just society.

the challenge

To put the vision into action and fund strategic priorities, UNSW has commenced an inaugural campaign to raise $650 million. CCS has partnered with UNSW to finalize campaign planning, build internal fundraising infrastructure and capacity, and provide counsel for the multi-year campaign. Throughout the engagement, CCS has provided strategic leadership, fundraising, and operational counsel.

the solution

CCS has provided support in planning, launching, and communicating their campaign internally and externally. CCS has worked with UNSW leadership and staff to craft and execute a unique plan engaging a variety of stakeholders including divisional leadership, volunteers, faculty, external partners, medical research collaborators and alumni. We have helped develop UNSW’s capabilities around engaging $1M+ donors and building a major gift pipeline. Additionally, CCS has supported UNSW in activating volunteers and academic partners to support the effort and creating a culture of philanthropy throughout the university.

the impact

In partnership with CCS, UNSW has raised over $400 million and is on target to reach its $650 million goal. UNSW is well-positioned to strategically engage donors based on data-driven research, prospect prioritization, an organized moves management process, and a strong case of university impact.

University of New South Wales’s inaugural campaign has been a great success to date, with over $400 million raised and on target to reach the $650 million goal. Over the last few years, UNSW has built a professional philanthropy operation to rival any in Australia and is working to become a $100+ million annual fundraising program. They have created a strong culture of philanthropy within their internal and donor communities, creating a margin of excellence that only top global universities possess.

Leigh Page, Vice President, CCS Fundraising

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