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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Aug. 19, 2014

CASE Board of Trustees Establishes Lippincott Award

Board creates award to honor longest-serving CASE president

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education Board of Trustees has voted to establish a CASE award in honor of John Lippincott, the association's longest-serving president.

The John Lippincott Award for Global Advancement and Support of Education will "recognize the substantive contributions by CASE members to the continued globalization of CASE and the advancement profession," according to a resolution approved unanimously at the July 12 board meeting, which took place in New York City.

The award is one of seven CASE Distinguished Service Awards that honor individuals who have provided extraordinary service to education.

Brian Lee, chair of the CASE Board of Directors, announced the creation of the award July 14 during the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards luncheon, which is held each year in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement.

Lee said the trustees had "unanimously endorsed a proposal to create a new distinguished service award to recognize substantive contributions by CASE members to the continued globalization of CASE and our profession."

"It is the judgment of the board that the name John Lippincott truly serves as the ideal example of the basis for this award," Lee said. "We hope that establishing this award in his honor will serve as a reminder to all advancement professionals—now and in the future—of his historic service to CASE and to our profession."

Lippincott, named as CASE's ninth president in 2004, is the longest-serving president in the organization's 40-year history. Earlier this year, he announced that he will retire in January 2015.

During Lippincott's tenure, CASE has grown to become one of the world's largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. Membership has increased 20 percent to more than 3,620 schools, colleges and universities, representing nearly 78,000 advancement professionals in 77 countries.

Highlights of Lippincott's tenure include:

  • In 2007, CASE founded CASE Asia-Pacific with offices in Singapore and in 2011 launched CASE América Latina based in Mexico City. CASE Europe, which began in 1994, doubled its membership over the last decade. CASE also has worked to develop the advancement profession in Africa with grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • More than 27,000 advancement professionals participate in CASE conferences or webinars each year. Tens of thousands more are active users of CASE's publications and other resources designed to enhance their professional skills. CASE directly engages more than 4,700 individual members annually in helping guide the development of the organization and deliver services to the profession.
  • To promote best practice and accountability in advancement, CASE conducts about 20 surveys and research studies a year. The association created a benchmarking toolkit that enables communities of practice to compare performance metrics and has partnered with other organizations to conduct research on topics such as the uses of social media in institutional advancement.
  • CASE has strengthened its efforts to promote public and institutional policies that support the work of advancement professionals and increase the culture of philanthropy around the world. Recent advocacy efforts have focused on preserving the charitable tax deduction in the U.S. and gift aid in the UK.
  • During the last decade, CASE has deployed current technologies to enhance and extend its services to members. The CASE website includes more than 16,900 pages of advancement-related content with 1.4 million visits per year. Nearly 48,000 advancement professionals are involved in CASE social media sites and more than 47,000 participate in online communities.
  • During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, CASE recorded its highest operating revenues in its history. Net assets of the organization have more than quadrupled over the last decade.

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