Union recognized for superior fundraising performance

RICHMOND, Va. (August 24, 2017) – Union Presbyterian Seminary is a recipient of the 2017 CASE Education Fundraising Award, one of 47 educational institutions in the U.S. and the only seminary to receive the honor for superior fundraising performance.

“It is a recognition for the wonderful support from our alumni, donors, campaign cabinet, churches, trustees, faculty, staff, and volunteers who made funding the important mission of Union possible,” said Vice President for Advancement Richard Wong. “It is through the hard work of our Advancement team and by the grace of God that Union is given this honor.”

Each year since 1959, CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and its predecessor organizations have recognized exceptional development programs.

The awards program recognizes overall performance and overall improvement in educational fundraising programs based on data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education’s (CAE) Voluntary Support of Education survey. The survey is conducted annually by CAE and co-sponsored by CASE.

A panel of volunteer judges selects winners based on a number of factors, including:  Pattern of growth in total support (or adjusted total support if appropriate), evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure, overall breadth in program areas, pattern of growth in each program area, pattern of donor growth among alumni donors and other individual donors, impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support, total support in relation to the alumni base, and type of institution.

Judges use those factors to recognize institutions that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program. Among the winners this year are Harvard University, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Davidson College.