UNC's Fundraising, GAA honored by CASE

For the 10th time in the past 17 years, a national organization that supports educational advancement efforts has honored UNC for its fundraising success.

No other university, public or private, can match that record.

UNC has received a 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which works with educational institutions to enhance their alumni relations, communications and development efforts.

In 2009, 1,029 higher education institutions were eligible for consideration for CASE awards. An independent data analyst narrowed the field to 450 institutions, and 66 of those won awards. The awards are based on the analysis of a panel of peer institution judges who evaluate three years of fundraising data supplied by each school. Institutions do not apply for the awards. Judging is blind and completely data-driven.

The UNC General Alumni Association has received four CASE awards for its programs and publications in regional and national judging over the past year:

  • In the competition covering the Southeastern U.S., the GAA received an Award of Excellence in Overall Alumni Relations Programs.
  • GAA programs had been recognized earlier in the year by CASE with a Silver Medal in Alumni Relations Programming in the category of “Diversity Initiatives,” recognizing programming related to the UNC Black Pioneers, a group dedicated to the UNC classes of 1952-70 that is part of the Black Alumni Reunion.
  • In the national CASE competition, the Carolina Alumni Review was recognized with a Silver Award for the photograph in the July/August 2008 issue that accompanied the “Earning His Stripes” feature about Holden Thorp ’86 becoming UNC’s 10th chancellor.
  • Earlier in the year, the Review was recognized in CASE’s regional competition with a Special Merit Award in photography for the same photograph.

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