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February 2013
Volume 2, Issue 8

Community College Advancement News

A Call to Action on Advocacy

Community college leaders must be better advocates for legislation that will increase institutional access, remove barriers to student success and adequately fund their programs, says one of the sector's most effective champions. Read more...

Advice for New Chief Fundraisers

To achieve fundraising success, chief development officers need to establish a good working relationship with their college president, says a CASE presenter. Read more...

Benchmarking Tools Within Reach

Community colleges looking for a method to track their fundraising efforts in comparison to their peers should look no further than the Voluntary Support of Education survey, says one advancement leader. Read more...

Circle of Excellence Adds Community College Categories

CASE has added three categories specifically for community colleges to the 2013 Circle of Excellence Awards: Community College Magazines, Community College Public-Private Partnerships and Community College Alumni Relations Programs. The deadline for entries is March 15, 2013.

The Circle of Excellence Awards, advancement's premier international awards program exclusively recognizing the work of CASE members, acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results.

In addition to the new categories, community colleges are encouraged to submit entries in other relevant categories. In 2012, the top winner among all colleges and universities in the Public Relations and Community Relations category was Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Mass.

Advisory Committee Nominations Sought

The CASE Center for Community College Advancement seeks volunteers to serve on its advisory committee. There will be two vacancies effective July 1: one position with a three-year term and one position for a one-year term.

Committee members identify trends and best practices to showcase, advise the director on the development of programs and services, and build support for activities of the center. For a job description, more information or to nominate yourself or someone else, contact Paul Heaton at

Last Call for Distinguished Service Awards

Recognize the exceptional work of alumni, donors, colleagues or friends by nominating them for a CASE Distinguished Service Award. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15.

Seeking U.S. Professors of the Year

CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching are now accepting nominations for the 2013 U.S. Professors of the Year Awards, which honor the nation's best undergraduate teachers, including an Outstanding Community Colleges Professor. The deadline for entries is April 15.

Welcome to CASE

The following colleges recently became CASE members:

  • Green Bay Community College, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • College of the Sequoias, Visalia, Calif.

In The News

Thank You Gifts Have Unwelcome Effect on Giving
New research shows that small gifts given in thanks for a donation actually reduce rather than enhance giving. Read more...

Community Colleges: Students Come In, Employees Emerge
(Yahoo! Finance)
Partnerships between two-year institutions and businesses have "the potential to be a substantial force for good," say educators. Read more...

Spending Money to Make Money
(Inside Higher Ed)
A new report finds community colleges are a good investment for students and taxpayers. Read more...


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Enhancing Internal Relations for Community College Fundraising Success
Feb. 19, 2013
2 p.m., Eastern

Use the VSE to Benchmark Your Community College Fundraising
March 6, 2013
2 p.m., Eastern
Free webinar

Bringing Order and Sanity to Your Community College Website
March 19, 2013
2 p.m., Eastern

Making the Most of Your First Donor Visit
May 7, 2013
2 p.m., Eastern

Conference for Community College Advancement
Oct. 2 - 4, 2013
San Diego, Calif.

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