The purpose of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) is two fold:
to build lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships between the School and its alumni,
to advance the philanthropic health of the School.
The School’s academic and executive leaders play key roles in achieving these goals.
ODAR focuses its development efforts on generating gifts for identified School funding priorities from alumni, friends, trusts, foundations and other charitable entities. The aim of the Alumni Relations programme is to engage alumni in the mission of the School and to help foster the appropriate climate for alumni volunteering and philanthropic support. ODAR is currently in contact with over 108,000 alumni in more 190 countries worldwide.
ODAR is predominantly responsible for soliciting and fully responsible for processing gifts and philanthropic grants from individuals and organisations.
Research Division (RD) is responsible for generating research grants that are typically based on a research contract and often publicly funded. Some of the income generated by RD qualifies as philanthropic.
Corporate Relations Unit (CRU) is responsible for developing long-term sponsorship partnerships with business organisations.
ODAR is currently seeking philanthropic support for the new Student Centre and 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This follows fundraising for the New Academic Building, which benefited from more than £10 million of support. It is envisaged that we will seek support for the future redevelopments of the Global Centre for the Social Sciences and 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields.
ODAR seek to raise funds for scholarships at all levels of study. In 2012/13, nearly £2.5 million of philanthropically-funded scholarships were made to students.
ODAR seeks funding that will have an impact on academic life at the School, such as support for professorships, faculty posts and research within LSE's academic departments and research centres, and for programmes such as the LSE African Initiative, British Government @ LSE, and Entrepreneurship and Social Change @ LSE.
ODAR and governance
ODAR reports directly to the LSE Director through the director of development and alumni relations. There are four committees and groups which ODAR works with closely. For further information see governance.
New York office
ODAR has a office in New York City in the United States which seeks support for the LSE Foundation and the LSE Centennial Fund.