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December 2012
Volume 10 Issue 12

Research and News of Note
U.S. Graduation Rates Decline Slightly

A new report reveals that total enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities fell for the first time since 1996.

CASE, Others Urge U.S. Lawmakers to Preserve Charitable Deduction

Nearly 250 higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations, including CASE, recently met with U.S. federal lawmakers as part of a national effort to protect a 95-year-old tax deduction for charitable giving.

Relearning the Principles of Alumni Relations

A CASE member who volunteered to help build an alumni program for an African nonprofit with no budget or paid staff says she was forced to focus on a few key principles to achieve success.

Community Colleges Perform Statewide Fundraiser

Maryland's 16 community colleges collaborated in a 24-hour online fundraising blitz in November that not only raised much-needed funds but also engaged many first-time donors.

White Paper: Social Media an Integral Component of Effective Fundraising

While social media can’t replace face-to-face fundraising and donor relationship management, it can be a valuable communication channel—one that is interactive, sometimes viral and convenient.

Advancement Officer-Turned-President Reflects on Lessons Learned

A college president who started his career in advancement says there is one key thing he wished he had known when he was a chief development officer.

Alumni Relations Turns 100

Throughout 2013, CASE will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Alumni Secretaries, the organization that is considered to be the first one dedicated to the alumni relations discipline.

Inside CASE
CASE Opens Biennial Advancement Investments Metrics Survey

CASE’s benchmarking survey that measures investments in fundraising is now open for participation. This year, for the first time, independent schools and higher education institutions have separate surveys, and participants in the survey will receive analysis geared to their institution type.

CASE Launches Fundraising Fundamentals Online Tool

CASE has launched an online tool for educational institutions with new and emerging development programs that provides basic, start-up information on fundraising as well as guidance from advancement experts for building a strong program.

In Search of Volunteer Leadership

CASE is seeking nominations for its board of trustees and three advisory commissions: alumni relations, communications and marketing, and philanthropy.

Nominations Now Open for CASE Europe Board of Trustees

CASE Europe is seeking nominations for its board of trustees. Currently comprised of 17 individuals, the CASE Europe board seeks up to four new trustees to serve a three-year term from 1 July 2013.

CASE ASAP Opens Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day to European Members

Have students on your campus thanked a donor lately? Many will get the opportunity to do just that early next year.

CASE Europe to Hold Inaugural Institute on Alumni Relations

CASE Europe will hold its first-ever institute dedicated to alumni relations on 20-22 February 2013 in York.

Recognize Advancement's Leaders with a Distinguished Service Award

Recognize the exceptional work of alumni, donors, colleagues or friends of your institution by nominating them for a CASE Distinguished Service Award. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 8, 2013.

CASE Announces Recipients of Service Awards in State Government Relations

State government relations professionals from Kansas State University and California State University, Fullerton, are the recipients of the 2012 Service Awards in State Government Relations.

Register Now for CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference

The clock is ticking for advancement practitioners who want to take advantage of the early-bird registration deadline for the CASE Asia Pacific Advancement Conference, which takes place 19-22 March in Singapore.

Deadline for CASE Compensation Survey Extended

CASE has extended the North American version of its annual compensation survey to Jan. 7, 2013.

CASE Europe Reopens Salary Survey

CASE Europe has reopened its 2013 salary survey. Deadline for participation is Friday 18 January.

Time to Gear Up for 2013 CASE Europe Awards

Now is the time to start thinking about possible individuals to nominate for a CASE Europe award—those who have impressed in your office, peer network or institution during the past year.

CASE Advancement Staff on the Move

CASE keeps members informed about their colleagues' advancement—whether moving to a new institution around the corner or across continents.

U.S. Federal Relations News
White House Releases Report Criticizing Dollar Cap on Charitable Deduction

In a Dec. 6 report, the White House National Economic Council finds that dollar cap proposals would significantly reduce charitable giving and, in some cases, effectively eliminate the charitable deduction altogether. However, the NEC also continues to push for a 28 percent cap on charitable deductions, stating that such a cap would make “the tax code more fair.”

CASE District News
District VII

Don't Miss Out: Make plans today to attend the District VII conference, March 1-3. Check out the schedule and program, then register early for a great networking and educational experience. See you in San Francisco!

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Irena Wiederspohn

Irena Wiederspohn is alumni relations and communications manager at Mannheim Business School in Mannheim, Germany.

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