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October 2011
Volume 9 Issue 10

Research and News of Note
White Paper: Knowing Alumni Attitudes toward Giving More Helpful than Gender, Class Year

Preliminary data from a recent survey suggests that colleges and universities can identify alumni who are mostly likely to give and those who may never give by examining their attitudes, motivations and behaviors toward giving.

CASE Appoints Vice President for International Operations

Amir Pasic, associate dean for development and strategic planning for the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, will become CASE’s new vice president for international operations effective Dec. 5, 2011.

Growing Wealth in India Leads to Increased Private Giving

Private giving is growing rapidly in India with the country now leading China, Brazil and other developing nations in charitable giving.

From Neglected to Connected: Reinventing Your Institution's News Site

When Tufts University decided to revamp its news site, it first looked to see what other institutions were doing. It turns out there were very few higher education role models—and a lot of fake storefronts.

UK Government Leaders See Higher Ed Giving Growing, Gaining Acceptance

Political leaders in the United Kingdom see philanthropy as a growing income stream for the country’s institutions of higher education despite economic worries at present. That’s according to Kate Hunter, executive director of CASE Europe, who joined two higher education panel discussions held during the annual Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences last month in London.

Challenging Economic Times Remain Despite Slight Uptick in Nonprofit Giving

A new report indicates that fewer than half of 813 surveyed nonprofits in the United States reported fundraising increases during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010.

Think Different When Engaging Alumni Online, Say OSS Speakers

Do you feel like you’re not doing enough to engage your alumni? A recent CASE Online Speaker Series event outlined ways alumni relations offices can get creative on social networks.

Landmark Ruling for UK Independent Schools Council

A high court judgment passed last week in London signifies victory for the UK's Independent Schools Council, says Kate Hunter, executive director of CASE Europe.

Pros and Cons of Leading Your Own Alumni Association

Is the best alumni leader for your institution one of your own graduates? In decades past, most people would probably have answered “yes” to that question. Today, with the strategic shift of alumni relations within advancement at many institutions, the answer is more nuanced.

Inside CASE
Participate in CASE Survey of Educational Fundraising Campaigns

CASE is currently conducting its annual survey of fundraising campaigns at colleges, universities and independent schools in the United States and Canada. The deadline for participation in the 2011 survey is Nov. 14.

In Search of Volunteer Leadership

CASE is seeking nominations for its board of trustees and three advisory commissions: alumni relations, communications and marketing, and philanthropy.

New District VIII Trustee Appointed to the CASE Board

The executive committee of the CASE Board of Trustees has appointed a new District VIII trustee to replace a recent resignation.

CASE to Launch North America Compensation Survey

On Oct. 20, CASE will launch the North American version of the annual compensation survey, which profiles the salaries and benefits of advancement professionals. The deadline to participate in the CASE Compensation Survey is Nov. 7.

CASE Europe Compensation Survey Launches this Month

CASE will launch a European version of its annual compensation survey on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The deadline to participate in the survey is Nov. 14.

CASE Appoints 12 Members to Community College Advisory Committee

CASE President John Lippincott has named 12 advancement professionals to the Center for Community College Advancement Advisory Committee.

Grow Engagement with Social Media

If used correctly, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter can have a tremendous impact on alumni engagement. Learn proven techniques, tips and best practices at a Nov. 9 CASE Online Speaker Series on social media.

Nominate a Foundation Leader for the CASE Commonfund IRF Awards

Recognize the leadership of your foundation colleagues by nominating them for the 2011 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Nov. 11.

Webinar: Learn How to Engage Senior Leaders in Student Philanthropy Program

Advancement professionals know the importance of engaging students in philanthropy, but many struggle to get buy-in from senior leaders at their institutions. A Nov. 15 CASE webinar provides guidance on how to build a case for a student philanthropy program.

CASE Europe Extends Discount for Job Postings on Career Central

CASE Europe is extending the 25 percent discount to post jobs on Career Central through the end of October.

Creating More Diverse Leaders in Advancement

The Minority Advancement Institute was created in 2006 to foster the development of diverse leaders in the advancement profession. This year’s institute, which takes place Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore, Md., offers programming on management, leadership and mentoring for advancement professionals of diverse backgrounds.

CASE Seeks Educational Programs Manager

CASE is seeking applications for an educational programs manager based out of its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

People on the Move

CASE keeps members informed about their colleagues' advancement.

U.S. Federal Relations News
Senate Democrats Remove Charitable Deduction Cap from Jobs Bill

Senate Democrats removed a provision from President Obama’s American Jobs Act that would have reduced the value of itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction, to 28 percent for high-income taxpayers. The provision was replaced by a 5.6 percent surtax on taxpayers earning more than $1 million. Despite the change, the bill failed to get the 60 votes necessary to proceed to consideration in the Senate.

Attend the 2011 Higher Education Government Relations Conference in San Diego

"New Realities, New Expectations" is the theme of the 2011 Higher Education Government Relations Conference taking place Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, 2011, at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, Calif. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 7.

CASE District News
District I

Join the CASE District I Facebook page.

The CASE District 1 Facebook page is a central portal for development and alumni relations in our region. By joining the new Facebook page, you can:

  • Be the first to hear of CASE District 1 events and conferences
  • Discuss topical issues within the higher education sector
  • Promote job openings at your institution and search for current vacancies
  • Increase your profile among colleagues
  • Develop relationships with other development and alumni relations professionals

Please invite your colleagues to join the page and help to make the CASE District 1 page as dynamic as possible by posting your comments and links to relevant information. If you have any queries or suggestions for the page, contact Lucy Johnson at


District IV

Registration begins Monday for the first CASE District IV regional workshop, "Social Media: Sending All the Right Messages for Alumni Relations, Communications and Fundraising."

The workshop is set for Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the University of Central Arkansas. View the workshop schedule. Keynote speakers are Matthew Herek from Northwestern University and Karl Miller from the University of Texas at Austin.

The cost to attend the workshop is $35 for CASE members and $45 for non-CASE members. Register to attend. A limited number of rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn in Conway for $89 a night. To reserve a room, call 1-501-329-1444.


District V

Forward-thinking. Making connections. Relevant. Valuable. Professional. That's the vision for the 37th annual CASE District V Conference, Dec. 11-13, in Chicago. Hurry—early bird registration ends Nov. 3.

Illinois State University President C. Alvin Bowman will receive this year's CASE V Chief Executive Leadership award at the annual conference. Find out more on the District V website.

Why can't colleges brand? Find out at this year's CASE Indiana fall workshop, Nov. 11, at Ball State University. Get full conference details.


District VI

Have you registered yet? The CASE District VI conference "Expanding Horizons," Jan. 8-10, 2012, will be here before you know it. Register online (choose the registration link). Special rates for early bird individuals and groups are good through Dec. 5. You can also reserve your room at the Denver Marriott City Center online with the conference hotel link. Reserve your hotel room by Dec. 20 to take advantage of the CASE room block rate.

District VII

Call for entries: The District VII awards competition is just around the corner. Prepare for the Dec. 2 entry deadline by reviewing last year's winners in this list or this slideshow.

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