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CASE Launches Center for Community College Advancement

Community colleges now have access to an expanding array of programs and services being offered through the new CASE Center for Community College Advancement.

The center's goal is to help community colleges build and sustain effective fundraising, alumni relations, and communications and marketing programs. CASE will serve members through a mix of programs and products designed specifically for community colleges as well as resources developed for educational institutions of all types.

Paul Heaton, a seasoned community college advancement professional, is director of the center.

"People clearly are enthused about the resources and expertise that CASE brings to the table," Heaton says. "My job is first to reach out to community colleges across the nation and listen to their needs, then develop more programs and services just for them."

Heaton encourages community college advancement professionals to contact him directly at with their suggestions or to join the community college listserv or LinkedIn groups.

The center, which launched July 1, already has several components in place:

  • A new dues structure, based on the Carnegie classification system, which makes CASE membership for community colleges more affordable
  • A white paper, Community College Foundations: An Analysis of a Survey Conducted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, available free of charge to non-CASE members who contact Heaton to request it

Heaton also has assembled a number of existing CASE resources, such as the CASE Benchmarking Toolkit and items in the CASE Store, which will be invaluable to community colleges.

The CASE Center for Community College Advancement will have its own advisory group, comprised of representatives from community colleges throughout the United States. A Transition Advisory Group, chaired by E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State College in Florida, has helped launch the center and will identify volunteers for the permanent advisory group in the coming weeks.

Transition Advisory Group:

  • Ann McGee (chair), Seminole State College
  • Catherine Brod, William Rainey Harper College
  • Cynthia Cooper, Monroe Community College
  • Steve Helfgot, Maricopa Colleges Foundation
  • Cheryl House, Pima Community College
  • Bridget Razo, Antelope Valley College Foundation
  • Melissa Starace, Northampton Community College
  • Kelly Zuniga, Houston Community College Foundation

This article is from the July 2011 issue of the Community College Advancement News.


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Growing Giving: A Guide to Securing Private Support for Your Community College

Growing Giving offers proven ways to grow relationships-internally and externally-and identify giving opportunities based on benchmarks achieved by other advancement operations. Growing Giving is available for $19.95 (CASE members) and for $27.95 (non-CASE members) through the CASE Store.


Community College Foundations: An Analysis of a Survey Conducted by CASE


A recently released CASE white paper on the structure and staffing of community college foundations reports the results of a comprehensive survey. Community college foundation leaders responded to questions about board and governance, staffing, alumni relations, budget/funding, fundraising/private support, campaigns, major gifts, endowment and donor outreach.

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Not a CASE member? Contact Paul Heaton, director of the Center for Community College Advancement, to receive your

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