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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
Feb. 10, 2014

University System of Maryland Foundation Leader Receives Professional Honor

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Leonard Raley, president and chief executive officer of the University System of Maryland Foundation, is the 2014 recipient of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award.

Institutionally related foundations are nonprofit organizations that cultivate and manage private assets to support the missions of the public colleges and universities with which they are affiliated. This prestigious award recognizes professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of their foundations and the sector. It is underwritten by Commonfund, which provides fund management services and investment advice to nonprofit organizations.

Raley will be formally recognized April 24 at the 22nd Annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations in Denver, Colo.

Raley has had a long and distinguished career at a variety of institutions. Since 2005, he has served as president and chief executive officer of the University System of Maryland Foundation. He is responsible for more than $1 billion in assets under management on behalf of 11 of the 12 constituent institutions within the state system as well as several Maryland community colleges. Raley also serves as vice chancellor for advancement for the University System of Maryland and is responsible for providing leadership in support of the system's fundraising efforts, including a recently completed $2.1 billion federated fundraising campaign.

"Leonard's leadership and collaborative approach has helped usher in a new era, with a genuine culture of philanthropy emerging across the university system, setting the stage for even deeper involvement from alumni, volunteers and donors, and creating a heightened awareness of the value of private giving in advancing the USM's mission," wrote William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, in his nomination letter.

Prior to joining the University System of Maryland Foundation, Raley served for more than eight years as executive director of The Ohio University Foundation and vice president for university advancement. Earlier in his career, he also served as executive director of the University of Maryland Alumni Association and assistant vice president for university advancement at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Raley is an active member of CASE. He is a past chair of the CASE National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations, a past member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy and served as chair of the 16th Annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations. He is also an active presenter at CASE conferences and a mentor to many in the advancement field.

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