State schools missing out on £100m in donations

School funding and finance
State schools are much less likely to ask for cash than private schools and could be missing out on as much as £100 million of untapped donations, figures show.

Research shows that only two per cent of state school graduates have ever been asked for a financial donation from their secondary school, compared with 26 per cent of private school graduates. 

The research, commissioned by the charity Future First and the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE), estimates that each state school could raise an average of £30,000 a year from their alumni.

This is because the percentage of state school alumni willing to give cash to support their old schools is very similar to that of private school alumni, with around 30 per cent willing to donate to their old school. 

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