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February 2013
Volume 11 Issue 2

Research and News of Note
U.S. Colleges, Universities Raise $31B in FY2012

A survey released today by the Council for Aid to Education reveal that charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States increased by 2.3 percent in 2012 to $31 billion.

Report: College and University Endowment Returns Down Sharply in FY12

Results from a recent survey on U.S. university and college endowments are in line with the Voluntary Support of Education survey findings.

Moody’s Reports Negative 2013 Outlook for U.S. Higher Ed Sector

In its annual industry outlook, Moody’s Investors Service says the 2013 outlook for the entire U.S. higher education sector is negative.

Looking for Donors in Emerging Markets

David Rubenstein, one of America’s most recognized philanthropists, recently told education fundraisers that China is the best place for them to invest their resources outside of the United States.

Expert Shares Effective Practices in Online Newsrooms

If a journalist, student, alumnus or community member went to your institution’s news site today, would they find what they are looking for? If you’re not sure, it may be time to give your online newsroom a facelift.

You Can’t Wrap a Fish in an iPad

Digital media have replaced many print publications, but that doesn’t mean print is near extinction. It simply means that communications professionals must play to print’s unique strengths, said one communications expert at a recent CASE conference.

Alumni Officers Work to Professionalize Boards

An increasing number of chief alumni officers are striving to make the alumni board a more strategic entity. Many are seeing results using a variety of approaches.

Inside CASE
CASE Updates Management Checklist for Communications and Marketing

The CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing has updated a checklist designed to help managers conduct internal self-assessment of information and programs.

CASE Extends AIMS Survey

Institutions are encouraged to participate in CASE’s Advancement Investment Metrics Study before it closes on March 29.

Registration Now Open for CASE Europe Annual Conference

CASE Europe has opened registration for its annual conference, which takes place 26-30 August in Manchester, United Kingdom. Register online before 10 June 2013 to get the early-bird rate.

Professors of the Year Talk Teaching Strategies, Award Impact

The national winners of the 2012 U.S. Professors of the Year Awards are reuniting this spring to discuss how instructors can achieve excellence in undergraduate teaching.

CURRENTS Seeks Member Feedback on Advancement ROI, Metrics

CURRENTS wants to hear from members who are using return on investment and other metrics to measure the effectiveness of their advancement operations.

New Focus on Advancement at European Schools

Advancement professionals from schools across the continent are calling for more professional development, and CASE Europe is responding.

Oregon State, North Dakota State Leaders Receive CASE Commonfund Awards

Leaders of the Oregon State University Foundation and the North Dakota State University Development Foundation are the 2013 recipients of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards.

Honor Leaders and Practitioners with a CASE Europe Award

Nominations are now open for the annual CASE Europe Awards. The deadline is Monday 4 March.

Deadline Approaches for 2013 Circle of Excellence Awards

Less than one month remains to enter an innovative program or project at your institution for a 2013 CASE Circle of Excellence award. Deadline for nominations is March 15.

Deans, Other Leaders to Learn ABCs of Fundraising at CASE Events

CASE Europe is offering two events to help governors, vice-chancellors, deans and other senior institutional leaders and academics to better understand fundraising and its impact.

Register Today for the CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations

There is still time to join college and university foundation leaders April 17-19 in Atlanta at the 21st annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations.

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
Schrum, CASE Urge Lawmakers to Preserve Charitable Deduction

Southwestern University President and former CASE Board Chair Jake B. Schrum testified Feb. 14 on the importance of preserving the charitable deduction during a U.S. House Ways and Means hearing on tax reform and charitable contributions.

CASE District News
District I

The CASE DI Breakfast Series will host three sessions in March:

  • Friday, March 1: "Independent School Fundraising A-Z: Annual Giving, Major & Planned Gifts, and Capital Giving" at UMass Lowell
  • Friday, March 1: "Women in Philanthropy" at the University of Vermont
  • Friday, March 22: "Social Media from Marketing & Communications to Advancement and Development" at Boston College Alumni Center

For additional information and to register, please visit the CASE District I website.


District II

The registration deadline for the CASE District II conference is Feb. 25, 2013. Join 550-plus colleagues and friends March 3-5 at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Make sure to sign up for the "Catch up" at the Heinz History Center or to volunteer at the conference.

Learn more about the complete program and register now!


District V

We need your expertise! The CASE V 39th annual conference will be held Dec. 15 - 17, 2013, in Chicago. Be a part of it by submitting a topic to present at the conference. Proposals are being accepted now through April 1.

2012 conference attendees: We need your input on the technology used at the conference. The following survey will only take a few minutes to complete. Please let us know what you think. Complete the survey.


District VI

Feb. 22 is the deadline to register for Kansas City CASE VI Conversations. We will focus on two areas of growth in our field: advancement's expanding responsibilities and planned giving. Don't miss this chance to network and learn more about how true collaboration helps our schools generate funding, friends, new students and community support.

This seminar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Park University in Parkville, Mo., from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is just $75, and it includes lunch and refreshments. It's open to both CASE members and nonmembers.

Register online.

District VII

"Seismic Shifts: Reinventing Ourselves, Reshaping Advancement." The 2013 CASE District VII biennial conference happens March 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Build new relationships, glean best practices and shake things up in the City by the Bay! Register soon, and check out our smashing lineup of sessions, activities and fun!


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Becki Mckinlay

Becki Mckinlay is head of individual giving in the development office at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

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