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LSE Advancement

Houghton Street



Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3634


Overview of LSE Advancement

“Advancement is a strategic, integrated method of managing relationships to increase understanding and support among an educational institution's key constituents, including individual alumni and friends, and philanthropic entities of all types.” Source: Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

The primary core disciplines of educational advancement at LSE are alumni relations, fundraising, communications, and operational systems. LSE’s Advancement professionals work on behalf of LSE to:

  • Engage alumni in the life of the institution as volunteers, advocates and supporters
  • Secure private financial support from potential donors committed to the mission of LSE
  • Communicate within and outside the institution with those who have a stake in the success of fundraising and alumni relations

The School’s Council, Director, key volunteers, senior administration and academic staff are integral to LSE Advancement’s success and are vital in setting funding priorities and personally demonstrating to donors the difference their donations can make. You play key roles in achieving these goals, enabling us to build relationships for the benefit of the entire School community, and maximise opportunities for constituents to support LSE with their time, their contacts and their wealth.

Within Advancement, the Annual Fund, development, and foundation partnership teams are focused on generating philanthropic gifts for strategic School funding priorities from alumni, friends, corporate organisations, trusts, foundations and other charitable entities.

The aim of the alumni relations programme is to engage our closest constituents with each other and the School, to provide opportunities to volunteer their time, expertise, contacts and wealth to keep the School strong now, and build capacity for the future. LSE Advancement is home to the School's central repository for alumni data, over 133,000 contactable alumni in over 190 countries worldwide.

Within LSE:

  • LSE Advancement is the School’s primary mechanism for alumni engagement and solicitation, and has structured programmes for Alumni Relations and Annual Fund activity.
  • LSE Advancement is home to the School’s central repository and definitive institutional memory for alumni and donor data. Our Database team will manage any data collected by academic departments, and welcomes all updates on existing contacts or notifications of new contacts for the benefit of the School.
  • LSE Advancement is responsible for soliciting philanthropic gifts on behalf of the School and fully responsible for processing gifts and philanthropic grants from individuals and organisations.
  • Research Division is responsible for generating research grants that are typically based on a research contract and often, but not exclusively, publicly funded.
  • LSE Advancement is responsible for the screening of all potential donors irrespective of source, in accordance with the School’s procedures for the ethical screening of grants and donations.

Fundraising priorities

LSE Advancement will focus on major and transformative gift opportunities, which are integrated with institutional planning and academic priorities, and are aligned with donor data.

This fundraising is categorised within four themes which relate to the School's 2020 Strategic Plan:

  • Place and Purpose
  • Realising Potential
  • Research Innovation
  • Thought Leadership

North American office

LSE Advancement has an office in New York City in the United States which seeks support for the LSE Foundation and the American Fund for LSE.