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September 2017
Volume 15 Issue 9

Inside CASE

Inside the Latest Currents—Now with a Fresh Online Look

Deadline Approaches for Voluntary Support of Education Survey

CASE ASAP Names Top Student Leaders, Advisers and Student Advancement Programs

Nominate a Foundation Leader for the CASE Commonfund IRF Awards

2017 CASE Europe Annual Conference a Success

CASE Europe Announces Award Winners

ICARS and BICARS Open for Participation

CASE Asia-Pacific Alumni Relations Survey Opens 20 September

 

Inside the Latest Currents—Now with a Fresh Online Look

The September/October issue of Currents explores one of advancement's biggest challenges: defining what makes an institution distinctive.


"How do you find your institution's big idea-that simple yet compelling narrative that exemplifies what the institution wants to be known for?" asks author Richard Gillingwater in "What Makes Your Institution Stand Out?" Read on for his golden rules for uncovering that narrative.

Also in this issue:
• Six tips to amp up your next campaign;
• Ideas to maximize alumni service projects;
• Fundraising tactics for small athletics program;
• How to handle tough interview questions like a boss, and more.

Plus, delve into these ideas and more in our newly redesigned Currents online. It's the same top-notch content readers expect from Currents, delivered in a fresh, clean microsite that's responsive to your mobile device. Let CASE know how you're enjoying the new reading experience by tweeting at @CASEAdvance.

 

Deadline Approaches for Voluntary Support of Education Survey

The Voluntary Support of Education Survey is open now through Oct. 2, 2017.

The survey, conducted by the Council for Aid to Education and sponsored by CASE, is viewed by many as the authoritative source of information on private giving to higher education and independent K-12 schools in the United States. CASE member institutions are encouraged to participate in the annual survey.

For more information about the survey, contact vse@cae.org.

 

CASE ASAP Names Top Student Leaders, Advisers and Student Advancement Programs

CASE ASAP recently recognized the winners of its 2017 Network Awards during a ceremony at the CASE Conference for Student Advancement in Columbus, Ohio.

CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement. The CASE ASAP annual awards recognize outstanding student and adviser leadership and achievements as well as outstanding student educational advancement programming by CASE ASAP member organizations.

Read the press release to see the full list of award winners.

 

Nominate a Foundation Leader for the CASE Commonfund IRF Awards

Recognize the leadership of institutionally related foundation colleagues by nominating them for the 2017 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.

The awards recognize individuals who have made valuable contributions through best practices, distinguished service, and/or volunteer leadership to the foundation field in the United States. Senior leaders responsible for the day-to-day management of institutionally related foundations (chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, counsels, etc.) are eligible to receive the award.

The 2018 CASE Commonfund Awards will be presented at the 26th annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations on April 18-20, 2018, in Miami, Florida. The CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards are supported by a generous gift from Commonfund.

 

2017 CASE Europe Annual Conference a Success

The 2017 CASE Europe Annual Conference, which took place 29 August - 1 September in Birmingham, United Kingdom, drew more than 700 attendees from around the globe. CEAC had a strong attendance with notable speakers including Alistair Jarvis, the new CEO of Universities UK, Paul Andrew, vice president, public affairs and communications of Harvard University, and Peter Mathieson, vice chancellor and president of University of Hong Kong.

At CEAC, CASE also launched a new book: The Challenge of Being Distinctive: What You Stand For and How It Delivers Strategic Advantage by Susannah Baker and Anna Myers.

CEAC 2018 will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 27-31 August 2018. Super early-bird registration is now available.

 

CASE Europe Announces Award Winners

CASE Europe recently announced the 2017 recipients of its awards programme, which recognises the contributions of individuals to the advancement of European-based schools, colleges and universities.

The winners are:

  • Emerging Alumni & Supporter Relations Professional Award: Luisa Staley, development and alumni manager at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Emerging Marketing and Communications Professional Award: Zsuzsanna Matyak, public relations officer at the University of Westminster
  • Iain More Award for an Emerging Development Professional: Jason Briggs, research and prospect manager at the University of Sheffield
  • Schools Engagement Award: Michaela Seeger Wolf, director of community relations at Zurich International School
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Hian Seng Tang, president of the Alumni Association for Singapore for the University of Manchester
  • Distinguished Service Award: Cathy Bell, director of development and alumni at University of Glasgow
  • Leadership Award: Professor Michael Arthur, president & provost of University College London

For more information, read the news release about the awards announcement.

 

ICARS and BICARS Open for Participation

European CASE members can now participate in the International CASE Alumni Relations Survey and the International CASE Alumni Relations Survey for Business Schools. The surveys will close for participation on 27 October.

These surveys provide a set of measurement standards for alumni relations programmes in Europe, which can help alumni relations directors measure their year-on-year progress, improve the efficiency of their alumni activities and analyse specific areas of their programmes (e.g., communications). Survey data can enable alumni relations leaders to benchmark their performance against peer institutions.

Contact Yashraji Jain for more information.

 

CASE Asia-Pacific Alumni Relations Survey Opens 20 September

The 2017 CASE Asia-Pacific Alumni Relations Survey—which allows practitioners at higher education institutions to benchmark their operations' performance against peers in the region—is open from 20 September to 20 October.

Participating institutions can:

  • Gather reliable statistics and key information to assist in planning, decision-making and forecasting,
  • Identify key opportunities and areas for development and improvement,
  • Measure the level of alumni engagement and return on investment,
  • Gain a deeper understanding of performance and set realistic expectations,
  • Help to build a stronger case for support for investment in alumni relations, and
  • Promote discussion based on data rather than assumptions or emotion.

Participating in APARS is free for CASE members. To participate:

  1. Nominate one colleague to complete APARS on the CASE Benchmarking Toolkit. This colleague will later have access to carry out benchmarking exercises on the Toolkit once the data has been certified "Clean."
  2. Email the full contact information (full name, designation, email and phone number) of the nominated colleague to sseah@case.org with reference to APARS.
  3. CASE will provide the registered individual with login details to enable the input of survey responses online.

For more information contact Susan Seah.