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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
June 1, 2017

CASE Recognizes Top Fundraising Programs at U.S. Educational Institutions

Colleges, Universities and Independent Schools Honored

WASHINGTON, DC — CASE has named 89 colleges and universities and 12 independent schools as recipients of its 2017 Educational Fundraising Awards, which recognize U.S. institutions for overall performance and improvement in educational fundraising programs.

The selection is based on data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education's annual Voluntary Support of Education survey. A CASE member institution is automatically eligible to receive an overall performance or overall improvement award provided it has participated in the VSE survey for the past three years.

Judges reviewed the fundraising data of 554 eligible institutions before naming the award winners. Of the 89 colleges and universities selected, 43 won an award for overall performance in fundraising, 37 won an award for overall improvement in fundraising while nine were recognized with both overall performance and overall improvement awards. Twelve independent schools were recognized with awards for excellence in fundraising.

Additionally, 22 educational institutions received 2017 Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising Awards. Sustained Excellence Awards recognize institutions that have received CASE Educational Fundraising Awards in three of the last five years. The full list of winners is available on the CASE website.

"As raising private support becomes more critical for colleges, universities and independent schools, our 2017 honorees are setting the standard for fundraising excellence," said Brian Flahaven, CASE's senior director for advocacy.

"We are particularly pleased that 25 institutions are being recognized for the first time."

The institutions receiving 2017 Sustained Excellence Awards are:

Bennington College (Vermont)
Brunswick School (Connecticut)
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Claremont McKenna College (California)
Davidson College (North Carolina)
Gonzaga University (Washington)
Harvard University (Massachusetts)
Kinkaid School (Texas)
Northern Wyoming Community College
Saint Mary's College (Indiana)
San Diego State University (California)
Santa Rosa Junior College (California)
SUNY Westchester Community College (New York)
Thacher School (California)
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Francisco
University of Miami (Florida)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Virginia-Main Campus
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Williams College (Massachusetts)
Woodberry Forest School (Virginia)

Below are the institutions that are first-time winners of an educational fundraising award:

California State University-Maritime
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Georgia Southwestern State University
Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania)
Harpeth Hall School (Tennessee)
Hopkinsville Community College (Kentucky)
Macomb Community College (Michigan)
Maysville Community and Technical College (Kentucky)
Northwest Missouri State University
Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois)
Providence College (Rhode Island)
Saint Vincent College (Pennsylvania)
Savannah State University
Union Presbyterian Seminary (Virginia)
University of California, Merced
University of Oregon
University of Portland (Oregon)
University of Redlands (California)
University of West Florida
Valdosta State University (Georgia)
Virginia Military Institute
Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Western Michigan University
Whittier College (California)
Wofford College (South Carolina)

The full list of winners is available on the CASE website.

About CASE

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