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February 2011
Volume 9 Issue 2

Research and News of Note
VSE Report: U.S. Donors Show Steady Commitment to Education

While giving to colleges and universities during the 2009-10 fiscal year didn't increase as much as anticipated, donors continued to "demonstrate their commitment to higher education with $28 billion in private support during the slow climb out of the recession," says CASE President John Lippincott in response to the Voluntary Support of Education Survey results.

Text Donors More Likely to Give and Give Again

A new study dispels a common perception that mobile giving cannibalizes other philanthropic channels, including direct mail, e-mail and websites, and concludes that text giving serves as an "important source within a diversified fundraising program."

Mobile E-mail Use Popular Among Young Adults

Adults between the ages of 18-24 are 46 percent more likely to access e-mail on mobile devices than mobile users on average, according to a media study by digital marketing company comScore. They're also less likely than in previous years to use web-based e-mail.

Research Shows Growing Link between Education, Employment

New analysis by the Brookings Institution shows a growing employment disparity between individuals in the United States with a post-secondary degree and those without one.

Internet Use Encourages Offline Participation

Internet users may once have been stereotyped as antisocial basement-dwellers, but a recent study has shown that the opposite is now true: Pew's Internet and American Life project found that three-quarters of all U.S. adults are active in some kind of voluntary group or organization, and Internet users are more likely than others to be active.

U.S. Colleges, Universities Report Endowment Growth

A new study shows that the value of educational endowments grew an average of 11.9 percent during the 2010 fiscal year, representing a sharp improvement over the 18.7 percent decline reported in 2009.

Challenge Gifts Are Well Worth the Effort

There comes a time when every educational institution's fundraising efforts can use a little (or major) boost. That's when talk often turns to challenge gifts.

Parental Education May Determine Children's College Attendance

Two new studies of Canadian youth reveal that a parent's education has a greater positive impact on whether a son or daughter will attend college or university than family income.

Inside CASE
CASE Launches Upgraded Magazine Readership Survey

A recently upgraded version of the CASE Member Magazine Readership Survey is now open and available for members.

March 14 is Deadline for 2011 Circle of Excellence Entries

Less than four weeks. That’s how much time you have to enter an innovative program or project at your institution for a 2011 CASE Circle of Excellence award.

CASE Masterclass Provides Fundraising Tips, Strategies for Nonprofits

The current recession was a "perfect storm that weeded out the vulnerable and challenged even the strongest nonprofit organizations." That's according to Ron Mattocks, CASE’s vice president for membership, marketing and external relations and an expert on nonprofit financial sustainability. Mattocks will speak at a masterclass for nonprofits at the 2011 CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference.

Join National Debate on British Philanthropy Hosted by CASE Europe

CASE Europe and Universities UK will present a national debate 23 March in London on the role of philanthropy in supporting higher education and the arts.

Learn How to Grow, Retain Staff at CASE Conference

Despite evidence of a modest economic rebound, senior development leaders may still find it tough convincing their presidents that the time to invest in a talent management program is now. Experts in the field discuss how to make the case and justify the investment at an upcoming CASE conference.

In Search of Volunteer Leadership for CASE Europe

CASE Europe is seeking nominations for up to five representatives to serve on its 18-member board of trustees. The deadline is 25 March 2011.

CASE LinkedIn Group Passes 5,000 Member Mark

Looking for a place to network with peers, solicit advice and join advancement-related conversations? CASE’s LinkedIn group now has more than 5,000 members.

Register Now for CASE Europe's Strategic Forum for School Leaders

Creating a philanthropic mindset requires leadership, a commitment to an ethical education and community engagement. Join senior leaders 10-11 March 2011 at the American School in London for a discussion and opportunity to obtain practical examples on creating a philanthropic mindset at independent and international schools.

CASE Compensation Survey to Provide First Look at Recession Impact on Salaries

CASE has concluded the data collection phase for the 2010-2011 CASE Compensation Survey. Redesign Increases Traffic to Website, Most Popular Pages

Visits to the CASE website have increased by about 40 percent since the launch of the new in September 2009. Between December 2009 and December 2010, there were more than 900,000 visits and more than 3.8 million pageviews.

CASE Holds Conference for Senior Leaders

There's still time to sign up for the "Symposium for European Rectors/Presidents: Fundraising for Excellence" conference being held 18-19 May 2011 at ParisTech in Paris.

CASE Names 2011 Jupiter Fellows

CASE has named the recipients of its Clarence J. Jupiter Fellowship program for 2011.

Save Time Later by Registering Now on CASE Europe Website

CASE Europe has moved to a new event registration procedure. Colleagues who are planning to attend a CASE Europe event must log in to the CASE website to register for the conference.

Register Today for the 19th Annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations

Join two-year and four-year public college and university foundation executives from around the country at the 19th annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations, April 12-15, 2011, in Phoenix, Ariz. Register by Feb. 25 and save $40.

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
New Congress Means Changes on Tax-Writing Committees

As the 112th Congress begins work, the two tax-writing committees—the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees—have seen a number of changes. CASE works closely with members and key staff on both committees to advocate on behalf of advancement.

President's FY2012 Budget Includes Charitable Deduction Cap

President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2012 budget plan once again includes a proposal to cap the value of charitable deductions for high-income taxpayers.

CASE District News
District II

The District II conference - Learn MORE, Connect MORE, BaltiMORE - was a huge success. More than 600 CASE members attended the conference, which was held in Baltimore on Feb. 6-8. Early evaluations indicated that those who attended had high praise for the quality of the content in the program and among the speakers.

District II and District I have also begun planning their joint conference in January 2012. The conference chairs gathered in Baltimore during the District II conference to begin planning discussions for the Jan. 22-24, 2012 gathering. Phil Ellmore, of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, is serving as co-chair from District II, and Michele Nota, from the University of Rhode Island, is serving as co-chair from District I. To volunteer for the conference, Ellmore contact Phil at or Michele Nota at The 2012 District I/District II conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.


District V

Thinking about a great advancement topic? Share it with colleagues at the 37th annual CASE V conference (Dec. 11-13, 2011).

Submit your ideas by Friday, April 1. Refer questions to Sylvia DeVault, 2011 program chair, at

Get reduced rates at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers through 2011! Rates start at $159 through March 31, and $199 the rest of the year. Visit the CASE V homepage for codes and details.


District VI

In 2012, District VI is proud to offer two exciting opportunities for professional development.

Mark your calendars for the traditional CASE District VI conference scheduled for Jan. 8-10, 2012, in Denver as well as the joint conference with District V, scheduled for Dec. 9-11, 2012, in Chicago. The joint conference will replace our usual District VI conference in January 2013. Note the conferences are in different fiscal budget years.

If you are interested in being involved with the conferences, please contact Sara Wald (Denver) at or Hauli Sabatka (Chicago) at


District VII

Time is running out! In just two weeks, the 2011 District VII conference will convene in Los Angeles from March 2-5. Don't miss this chance to pick up new ideas, make helpful connections and share your expertise. The conference will feature all-new power sessions, a pre-conference boot camp and a host of helpful advancement workshops. Visit our website to learn about the program, register or become a sponsor.

District VII is also pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Awards of Excellence and Individual Awards. See if your friends are on the winners list on our website.

Two new professionals have joined the District VII Board of Directors. We are grateful (in advance) for the service of Emily Rankin, director of alumnae relations at Scripps College, and Lori Redfearn, assistant vice chancellor for advancement services at California State University.

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Clare Pullar

Clare Pullar is pro vice-chancellor, advancement, at the University of Queensland, a CASE member institution in Australia.

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