Research and Trends

CAAE Census

Results from the 2019 Member Census are now available to CAAE members. The results provide comparative figures and information from 55 member institutions that responded to this year’s survey.

Benchmarking census data is available to participants through the CASE Benchmarking Toolkit at Please contact if you have any trouble accessing the reports or need assistance navigating the Toolkit.




CAAE commissioned the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to conduct a scan of literature on the broad topic of alumni relations and advancement. CAAE Bibliography

White Papers

Emerging Models on Engaging Alumni in their Professional Lives
This whitepaper was created by Brandon Buzbee at the UCSD Alumni Association based on his 2015 Forman Fellow research.

Stand Out From the Crowd: Best Practices in Crowdfunding
This whitepaper was developed by Stephanie Anderson at the Mizzou Alumni Association based on her 2015 Tardy Fellowship research.


CAAE maintains a library of samples on a wide variety of alumni and constituent relations related topics.