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September 2015
Volume 13 Issue 9

Research and News of Note
Turning Tragedy into Opportunity

The University of Oxford is turning the death of Cecil the lion into an opportunity to educate the global community about the peril faced by lions and the work that the institution’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCru) is doing to save the endangered species.

The Art of Thanking Volunteers Publicly

After that successful alumni tailgate or waffle breakfast, thanking the volunteers who made it a success is key. But a thank you note or email may be just the beginning of the volunteer recognition process, says a CASE faculty member.

The Storytelling Error Nonprofits Make—and How to Avoid It

The classic tale about a student who thrives at college, graduates and goes on to land a fantastic job may be entertaining—but it’s not really a great story, says author and speaker Andy Goodman.

Charitable Giving to Universities in Australia and New Zealand Grew in 2014

Universities in Australia and New Zealand reported significant growth in donors and giving in 2014, according to a report on higher education philanthropic giving in the two countries.

Report: Nonprofits Should Cater to Donor Preferences

Nonprofit organizations in the United States could garner more gifts by tailoring their fundraising efforts to fit donor preferences, according to a new report.

Profiling the Top Donors in the Asia-Pacific Region

Forbes Asia recently unveiled a list of 40 the region’s most noteworthy philanthropists—many of whom have made significant gifts to education.

Deans Critical to Fundraising Success

Deans and other academic leaders play an increasingly important role in the fundraising success of their institutions, says a CASE faculty member.

Inside CASE
CASE Launches Upgraded Magazine Readership Survey

A recently upgraded version of the CASE Member Magazine Readership Survey is now open and available by subscription for members in North America.

CASE Europe Releases Impact Report

The last year has seen a high degree of change—both within the education sector and within CASE Europe. To mark the changes, successes of its members and the future challenges faced by European schools, colleges, universities and cultural bodies, CASE Europe has published its first impact report.

Advocating for Fundraising in the UK

Fundraising, specifically that undertaken in the charity sector, has been making UK headlines in recent months, and the media coverage for charities has been predominantly negative. That sector has, however, come together and agreed to the need for a strengthened Code of Fundraising Practice.

CASE Europe Annual Conference a Success

With 1,073 delegates, the CASE Europe Annual Conference in Manchester, UK, was the biggest CASE Europe conference to date.

Updated Resources on Faculty and Staff Fundraising and Giving

The CASE InfoCenter recently updates a Good Question about faculty and staff fundraising and giving.

Final Call for Independent Schools Awards Nominees

Friday, Sept. 18, is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2016 CASE Independent Schools Awards—which honor individuals, corporations and foundations for their commitment to primary and secondary education in North America.

Nominate a Foundation Leader for the CASE Commonfund IRF Awards

Recognize the leadership of institutionally related foundation colleagues by nominating them for the 2016 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.

Scholarships Available for Asia-Pacific Institute for Alumni Relations Professionals

Wednesday, Sept. 30, is the deadline to apply for a scholarship to attend the CASE Asia-Pacific Institute for Alumni Relations Professionals, which will take place Nov. 17-19, 2015, in Sydney, Australia.

Deadline Nearing for Asia-Pacific Leadership Award

Saturday, Oct. 31, is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 CASE Asia-Pacific Leadership Award.

CASE ASAP Names Top Student Leaders, Advisers and Student Advancement Programs

CASE ASAP recently recognized the winners of its 2015 Network Awards during a ceremony at the CASE Conference for Student Advancement in Washington, D.C.

District Awards Programs Accepting Entries

Five of CASE’s eight North American district awards programs are currently accepting entries.

U.S. Federal Relations News
U.S. Department of Education Unveils College Scorecard

On Sept. 12, the U.S. Department of Education released the College Scorecard, a new website where parents and students can access and compare data on college costs, graduation, debt and post-graduate earnings.

CASE District News

District I
  • Registration for the 2016 District I annual conference opens Wednesday, Sept. 16. Register by Nov. 6 to take advantage of early bird registration rates.

District II

District III
  • Register for District III’s one-day workshops in October and November for just $100:
    • Strategic and Tactical Constituent Engagement in Higher Ed on Oct. 5, 2015, at the University of Georgia. Register here.
    • Practicum in Personal Solicitation on Nov. 16, 2015, at the University of Virginia. Register here.
  • Register for the District III annual conference by Nov. 13, 2015, to take advantage of the $359 early bird registration rate. Group rates also available.
  • Apply for a District III scholarship to receive a fee waiver for conference registration and reimbursement of up to $500 in receipted travel expenses.

District IV
  • Registration is open and sessions have been announced for Let’s Talk Tech, a technology-focused regional programming event in Shreveport, Louisiana, Nov. 20, 2015. Topics will include fundraising in the digital sphere, using technology to communicate and how technology shifts crisis management.
  • Submit a proposal for the District IV annual conference in Dallas, Texas. Sessions should offer tools that help advancement professionals work better, think differently or achieve more effective results. Submissions are due Sept. 30, 2015.

District V

District VI

District VII
  • Register for Planned Giving 101, a hands-on workshop, Oct. 2, 2015, at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, California. The full day workshop is designed to increase participants’ capacity to advise donors on basic and complex gift planning opportunities.

District VIII
Comments and Questions


Sonbol Aliabadi

Sonbol Aliabadi is executive director of the Sierra College Foundation in Rocklin, California.

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