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June 2010
Volume 8 Issue 6

Research and News of Note
Report: Charitable Giving in U.S. Continues Decline in 2009

Recently released figures by Giving USA Foundation show that charitable giving in the United States dropped from nearly $316 billion in 2008 to $304 billion in 2009, a 3.6 percent decline in current dollars.

Experts Urge Action to Improve Higher Ed Completion Rates in U.S.

Colleges and universities in the United States must focus more on improving college completion rates if it is to remain competitive in a global economy. That's according to a panel of experts in higher education, business and government.

Survey Reveals Most Successful Alumni Relations Services, Activities

An analysis of data from the latest international CASE survey on alumni relations programs builds a statistical picture of which alumni services and activities are associated with greater success.

Effective Storytelling Can Build Support, Increase Giving

Good, old-fashioned storytelling makes for compelling copy in educational websites and marketing campaigns and can lead to increased interest and support from targeted audiences. That's according to an expert on communications for nonprofits and a recent presenter of a CASE Online Speaker Series.

Take Five Steps to Better Donor Relations

A recent article in Fundraising Success magazine offers five lessons for building great donor relationships.

Asian Countries See Growth in Philanthropists

New data indicates that India, China and other countries in Asia are seeing a significant increase in wealthy philanthropists, according to a recent article in the Financial Times.

More U.S. Students Studying Abroad

A new study from the U.S. Department of Education reports that the number of U.S. students who study abroad has quadrupled during the past 20 years, increasing from 62,300 students in 1987-88 to 262,400 students in 2007-08.

Public Institutions Take Steps to Close Giving Gap

Alumni giving rates of 40 percent and more are not uncommon at private baccalaureate institutions in the United States. But at most public universities, there is real cause for cheering if the participation rate peaks over 10 percent.

Books in the Home Can Boost Students' Education Level

A new study reveals that having books in the home is as important in determining a child’s level of education as having parents who are highly educated, according to an article in the May issue of Science Daily.

Recent Grads Optimistic About Salary Increases, Promotions

A study of Canadian undergraduates finds that a majority of students about to enter the workforce believe they will be promoted within the first 18 months of starting a job and receive a 63 percent increase in their salary within the first five years.

Inside CASE
CASE Names Recipients of 2010 Research Awards

CASE has named the winners of its 2010 Research Awards in Educational Advancement.

CASE OSS Explores Mini Fundraising Campaigns

A June 22 CASE Online Speaker Series will provide an inside look at how one university in the United States raised more than $1 million in 45 days for nearly 430 students impacted by the economic crisis.

CASE White Paper Moves Beyond Metrics to Raise Fundraising Bar

Higher education development professionals face increasing demands for greater levels of success.

CASE Website Wins 2010 Communicator Award

The redesigned CASE website, launched in September 2009, has won an award of excellence from the 2010 Communicator Awards.

CASE Launches Book Clubs at Summit

Discuss the impact of We are our Mothers' Daughters by Cokie Roberts or share insights about Learning to Love the Politics by Larry Lauer during informal book club discussions at the 2010 Summit for Advancement Leaders.

CASE Announces New LinkedIn Subgroups, Listserv

Members interested in development communications and corporate and foundations relations will want to check out CASE's latest additions to its listserv list and two new LinkedIn subgroups.

CASE Asia-Pacific to Hold Second Institute in Educational Fundraising

CASE Asia-Pacific is gearing up for its second institute in fundraising for educational advancement professions this October.

Join Student Advancement Leaders for CASE ASAP Network Convention

More than 450 college students and advancement professionals will gather Aug. 5-7 at the CASE ASAP Network Convention in Kansas City, Mo., to learn strategies to further their student advancement programs, network with peers and interact with top leaders in the student advancement field.

Nominate a Colleague for a State Relations Award

Salute colleagues who have advanced their institution through exceptional legislative advocacy by nominating them for a 2010 Service Award in State Government Relations.

University of Edinburgh Principal Receives CASE Europe Leadership Award

CASE Europe Chair Sir Duncan Rice recently presented the 2009 CASE Europe Leadership Award to Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea for his outstanding efforts to promote and support education.

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.

CASE Seeks Applications for Awards, InfoCenter Positions

CASE welcomes applications for three positions based in its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

U.S. Federal Relations News
Senate Considering Bill with IRA Charitable Rollover Extension

The U.S. Senate is currently considering the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4213), a bill that includes a one-year retroactive extension of the IRA charitable rollover. Senate Democratic leaders hope to proceed to a vote on the bill during the week of June 14.

Matched Funding Scheme
Ross-CASE Survey Shows Growth in Giving to UK Schools

UK universities secured more than £0.5 billion in charitable donations in the academic year 2008-09.

CASE District News

District II
The CASE District II board met on June 1 in New York to finish its work for FY 2009-2010. During its meeting, the board:

  • Received final reports on the very successful 2010 conference in Philadelphia and the Venture Capital Fund
  • Adopted new operating guidelines
  • Chose Pittsburgh as the site for the 2013 conference
  • Received updates on the 2011 district conference in Baltimore and plans to expand services for community college professionals

The board also recognized and thanked two members who have completed their terms of service: Burnham "Turk" Lewis of the Portledge School and Melissa Meehan of Buffalo State College. They also recognized outgoing board chair Anne Berry.

Bob Sullivan, of the Catholic University of America, will assume the chairmanship on July 1. Other officers include:

  • Chair-Elect Linda Durant of Widener University
  • Treasurer Julie Siler of Shepherd University
  • Board Secretary Karen Faryniak of Dickinson College

District Trustee Tracy Barlok of Skidmore College continues in that role, and Anne Berry will serve as past-chair

District V
Dec. 12-14 are the dates for the 36th annual CASE V Conference in Chicago. Plan now to attend. Also, members who know an outstanding president, chancellor, headmaster or system head of a CASE V member institution are encouraged to recognize him or her for outstanding leadership and service in support of education with a chief executive award. The deadline is Thursday, July 15. Nomination information is on the website.

Finally, take pride in your work! Submit your best projects in communications, alumni relations and development to the Pride of CASE V District Awards program. The deadline is Thursday, July 15. See more on the website.

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District VI
The CASE District VI Board of Directors met in May for its spring board meeting and annual strategic planning meeting. The board is looking at all areas of the district and investigating ways to better serve its members. The board reviewed issues related to finances, membership, educational outreach, communications and district management.

The conference committee is hard at work planning programming for the conference. More information and online registration is available on the website.

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Susie Baker

Susie Baker is communications director at Oxford Brookes University.

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Thirty-seven new members have joined CASE since March 2010, including:

  • Seven independent schools in the United States
  • One two-year institution in Canada
  • Four educational associates in the United States
  • Two universities in Norway
  • Two educational institutions in the United Kingdom

Member Notes: June 2010