The Platinum Categories recognize the best-of-the-best programs and practices in educational advancement.
Best Practices in Alumni Relations
Best Practices in Communications and Marketing
Best Practices in Fundraising
Best Practices in Advancement Services
Best Practices in Fundraising Campaigns
Excellence in Photography (formerly Photographer of the Year category)
Best Articles of the Year
How does it work?
Platinum Categories judging is structured like a tournament. CASE members enter the new categories through their district's awards program. Each district conducts the first round of judging, and selects up to two entries per Platinum Category. Finalists from all eight districts will then be judged in a national second round to determine which entries deserve Platinum recognition.
Benefits of Entering The Platinum Categories
Let your work be recognized as the "best of the best." Winners of the Platinum Categories are the top entries at both the district and national levels.
Gain visibility on the national level for your outstanding efforts to benefit your institution.
It's easy—in that only one entry process is required. If your entry is a district finalist, it will automatically be entered in the running for a Platinum-level award.
Are the Platinum Categories replacing Circle of Excellence?
No, the Platinum Categories are not replacing the Circle of Excellence competition. The categories that were once a part of Circle of Excellence but are now Platinum Categories will not be offered during the Circle of Excellence competition period.
How much does it cost?
The fee per entry to the Platinum Categories is $125.
All CASE member institutions (and their affiliated nonprofit organizations) are eligible to enter the Platinum Categories through their CASE district's awards program. You can only enter through your district.
When will district finalists be announced?
District finalists will be announced by each district after the first round of judging.
When will winners of the Platinum Categories be announced?
CASE will announce the winners of the Platinum Categories as part of the 2017 Circle of Excellence Awards Program winner announcement on June 7, 2017.