Brandeis again receives national award for overall performance in fundraising

Louis Brandeis statue against a blue sky with white clouds. Yellow and orange lillies cover the foreground of the photo.
For the second time in three years, Brandeis University’s Institutional Advancement Division has been recognized as one of the nation’s premier fundraising operations by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the industry’s leading professional association.

Brandeis, along with the University of Miami, received a CASE 2018 Educational Fundraising Award for overall performance for private research/doctoral institutions with endowments under $1 billion. Brandeis was honored with the same award in 2016. Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology won the award for schools with endowments above $1 billion.

The awards are based on growth of total support, effectiveness of giving programs, pattern of donor growth, impact of gifts and the level of support from alumni in the previous three fiscal years. Brandeis was chosen by an expert panel of volunteer judges who, according to CASE, use these factors “to recognize institutions that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.”

“This award is reflective of not only the hard work of our Institutional Advancement staff, but also the dedication of our alumni, parents and friends,” said Zamira Korff, senior vice president of Brandeis Institutional Advancement. “The continued generosity of our community fuels the university’s growth and reaffirms our commitment to excellence.”

Institutions do not submit entries for the awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. Rather, awards are given based on the Voluntary Support for Education (VSE) survey, which collects data on fundraising at North America's educational institutions annually. In 2017, 963 higher education institutions participated in the VSE survey.

CASE is one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational associations, with 81,000 members from more than 3,670 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in more than 82 countries.

Categories: Giving, Campus News
Date: October 3, 2018