CASE Recognizes UNC for Excellence in Fundraising

The University has been awarded the Sustained Excellence Award in Fundraising by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Carolina is one of nine public universities and 16 total colleges or universities across the country recognized for the award.

The award acknowledges exemplary fundraising programs that have garnered a CASE award for educational fundraising in either the overall performance or overall improvement categories in three of the past five years. In addition to the Sustained Excellence Award, Carolina has received awards in overall performance and overall improvement this year. The University won awards for overall performance in 2015 and for overall performance and sustained excellence in 2012.

“This award is a testament to our donors, who generously support the University and its important work on behalf of students and the larger world,” said David Routh ’82, vice chancellor for University development. “Without their generosity and love for Carolina, this recognition wouldn’t be possible.”

In fiscal 2016, which ended June 30, Carolina received $495 million in commitments, the school’s best fundraising year in history and exceeding fiscal year 2015’s previous record by nearly $50 million. In the four fiscal years prior to 2016, Carolina received $447 million, $310 million, $284 million and $331 million in commitments, respectively.

Volunteer higher education professionals reviewed the fundraising data of 549 eligible institutions before naming the award winners. Of the 89 colleges and universities selected for educational fundraising awards, 32 won an award for overall performance, 35 won an award for overall improvement, and 11 — including Carolina — were recognized for both.

Also in CASE’s Circle of Excellence Awards for 2016, the Carolina Alumni Review, published by the UNC General Alumni Association, won a Bronze Medal for individual photographs for the cover of its September/October 2015 issue. The photo, by Tim Duffy ’91 (MA), accompanied a feature story titled “The Grace of Preservation” about the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

The GAA has been recognized with national or district CASE awards for 20 years in a row, earning 108 such awards in all — 55 for Alumni Programs, which includes 26 ASAP awards, and 53 for Alumni Communications.

CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.