|U of M Fundraising Efforts Recognized by National Group
For release: July 5, 2006
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The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has awarded the University of Memphis a 2006 CASE-Wealth Engine Award for Educational Fundraising. The award honors superior fundraising programs across the United States. The U of M is one of only 27 institutions from a field of 504 chosen to receive CASE recognition for overall improvement and one of four public research/doctoral institutions.
The U of M received a Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Improvement in recognition of exemplary fundraising efforts over the past three years. Institutions cannot apply for this award. Instead, CASE processes data available from the Council for Aid to Education on higher education institutions and conducts its own extensive analysis, basing the award on three years of performance.
"This award recognizes successful teamwork and a divisional commitment to best practices, stewardship, and constituent engagement," said Julie Johnson, U of M vice president for advancement. "Over the past three years we have worked to build a team of fundraising and advancement services professionals to provide the necessary integration and infrastructure for a successful advancement program. Our entire advancement team, including marketing and communications and alumni and constituent programs, has shown continuous improvement and achievement in all areas."
Accomplishments from the three years judged by CASE include improved funding and improved donor and constituent relations programs, highlighted by a newly branded and re-energized alumni association.
CASE is an international organization for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications, and development. CASE membership includes more than 3,200 educational institutions in 55 countries around the world.
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