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L&C Receives 2020 CASE Educational Fundraising Award

June 29, 2020

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has given Lewis & Clark an award for overall Improvement in the category of Private Liberal Arts Institutions with Endowments Over $150 Million.

“This recognition is a direct result of all the hard work in every office of our Institutional Advancement division,” Vice President for Institutional Advancement Josh Walter said. ”It is also a result of our efforts working with partners on campus and volunteers off campus.”

The Educational Fundraising Awards annually recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the CASE Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. CASE member institutions that have participated in the VSE for the past three years are automatically considered for the following awards: 

  • Overall Performance: For colleges and universities that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.
  • Overall Improvement: For colleges and universities that demonstrate significant program growth across the three years of data.
  • Award of Excellence: For independent schools that demonstrate solid program growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indicators of an exemplary fundraising program.

“Whilst today we celebrate the schools, colleges and universities in the United States that embody the best in educational fundraising, we want to acknowledge the people who make such achievements possible,” said Sue Cunningham, CASE President and CEO. “Successful fundraising happens when everyone participates, from the staff and faculty to the institution’s leadership. This inspiring philanthropic engagement is guided by dedicated and professional development staff, and supported by generous volunteers. Collectively, we are advancing education—key to addressing the many serious challenges our world faces today.”

Winners are not selected based solely on total funds raised. Two committees of experienced fundraisers (one for independent schools and one for colleges and universities) review hundreds of pages of data from the CASE AMAtlas VSE Survey. They consider a number of factors and variables, including:

  • Patterns of growth in total support
  • Evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure
  • Overall breadth of fundraising
  • Patterns of growth in gifts from sources including alumni, other individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support
  • Giving to areas such as current operations, endowment, and property/buildings
  • Amount raised per student
  • Amount raised relative to expenditures
  • Alumni participation

In showcasing these best-of-the-best programs, CASE helps its members identify institutions doing smart and innovative work from which everyone can learn.

See the full list of winners >