Ann E. Kaplan

Ann Kaplan

Director, Voluntary Support of Education Survey

Council for Aid to Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Voluntary support of higher education and pre-college institutions
  • Charitable giving in the U.S.
  • Fundraising

Executive Biography

Ann E. Kaplan joined the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) in 2001. She is the director of the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey and the affiliated online benchmarking program, Data Miner. Kaplan directs the program that measures, reports, and allows others to study the charitable giving receipts of U.S. higher education and private precollege institutions. She provides client training services and manages media relations for the VSE program.

For the 10 years prior to CAE, Kaplan was the primary researcher, writer and editor of “Giving USA,” the annual report on American charitable giving, published since 1955. In that capacity, she contributed to the development of the coding, digitization and dissemination of nonprofit-fundraising data.

From 1981 to 1991, Kaplan was the admissions director at Manhattan Country School, a private, nonprofit elementary school in New York City.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College at the City University of New York.