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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
April 19, 2011

CASE Distinguished Service Award Renamed to Honor E. Burr Gibson

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A highly prestigious CASE award honoring individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of advancement has been renamed in honor of E. Burr Gibson, a long-time fundraiser and consultant who served the profession for more than 60 years.

E. Burr GibsonThe E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Marts & Lundy, a fundraising consultancy Gibson served from 1964until his death in 2010. He joined the firm as a consultant and was named vice president and treasurer in 1978, president and chief executive officer in 1979, chair and chief executive officer in 1982 and executive chair in 1991. He started his career in the late 1940s as a fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

Donald M. Fellows, Marts & Lundy's president and chief executive officer, said Gibson was involved in many of the country's earliest and largest fundraising campaigns, including campaigns for Stanford University, the universities of Chicago and Minnesota, the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

"Burr was a teacher, a mentor, a friend, a professional and a truly remarkable gentleman whose career in fundraising and consulting improved the lives of all he touched," Fellows said.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, one of CASE's highest honors, was created in 2006 to recognize individuals who have made a lasting impact on the advancement profession, earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues, and served the profession over an extended period of time. Gibson received the award in 2008.

"It's very fitting that the award be renamed in honor of Burr Gibson, who was a role model and mentor for hundreds of young and seasoned professionals and helped many, many institutions reach their goals through private philanthropy," said CASE President John Lippincott. "Burr was a passionate fundraiser who helped shape the profession and served for many years as one of its defining voices. We're very pleased to collaborate with Marts & Lundy to recognize Burr and his many contributions to advancement."

The 2011 recipient of the newly renamed E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award will be honored with other CASE Distinguished Service Award winners at the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders, which takes place July 10-12 in Chicago.


About Marts & Lundy

Marts & Lundy, founded in 1926, has served thousands of non-profit clients, including private and public universities and colleges, independent schools, educational associations, hospitals and medical centers, public libraries, environmental and conservation organizations as well as health and human service groups, and religious institutions and denominations. Our work includes non-profits in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia. The firm is headquartered in Lyndhurst, N.J., with consultant offices throughout the United States and strategic partnerships globally.

About CASE

CASE believes in advancing education to transform lives and society. As a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions, CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and government relations. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.

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