Clark College Foundation earns two national awards from CASE
Lauded for overall and most improved performance in fundraising for 2019
Clark College Foundation is the recipient of two prestigious national educational fundraising awards for its accomplishments in fiscal year 2019, recognizing the nonprofit as one of the top education fundraising shops in the country for the depth of its donor support and having a well-maintained program.
“(Clark College Foundation) has the rare distinction of being recognized for both Overall Performance as well as Overall Improvement,” said Paul Heaton, senior director of member engagement for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), in a late June announcement.
Lisa Gibert, CEO of the foundation, said, “I continue to be humbled by the generous support the community provides Clark College via Clark College Foundation. The college ensures an educated workforce that helps make our community vibrant and prosperous. In turn, individuals and entities give back to Clark regularly. The college simply could not be as successful as it is without philanthropic support.”
Clark College Foundation is among a select group of more than 100 colleges and universities receiving awards this year. The foundation is currently engaged in a $35 million comprehensive campaign called Promising Pathways: the Campaign for Clark College that is one of the most important initiatives in Clark’s history.
Sue Cunningham, CASE president and CEO, believes that successful fundraising happens when everyone participates. “This inspiring philanthropic engagement is guided by dedicated and professional development staff, and supported by generous volunteers. Collectively, we are advancing education—the key to addressing the many serious challenges our world faces today.”
This is the fourth time Clark College Foundation has won for Overall Performance. It received the CASE Educational Fundraising award in 2020, 2019 and 2015. In 2012, it won a CASE Circle of Excellence Award in Overall Performance. Additionally, Clark College Foundation has won the Overall Improvement category three times: 2020, 2015 and 2010.
Two CASE committees, with members who are experienced in fundraising, review a variety of factors and variables to select the winners. Those factors include patterns of growth in total support, overall breadth of fundraising, patterns of growth in gifts from sources including alumni, other individuals, corporations and foundations, and effects that the 12 largest gifts have on total support. Recipients are not selected solely on total funds raised.
The Educational Fundraising Awards annually recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to CASE via a Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey.