USM Foundation

USM Foundation Earns Double Recognition for Fundraising Excellence

CASE circle of Excellence graphic

On Thursday, June 18, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) announced the winners of its 2020 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards, recognizing exemplary development programs. The USM Foundation had the rare distinction of earning two educational fundraising awards, one for Overall Performance and the other for Overall Improvement in the category of Public Comprehensive Institutions with Endowments Under $45 Million. Congratulating the Foundation on its achievement, the association stated, “You are not only demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in fundraising, you and your colleagues also are contributing to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide by serving as a model to which others can aspire.”

When the awards were announced, Foundation President & CEO, Ainsley Wallace said, “We are truly proud of this exceptional accomplishment, which recognizes how we continue to grow both as an advancement organization and as leaders in higher educational development.”

About the CASE Award criteria:

The Educational Fundraising Awards annually recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the CASE Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. CASE member institutions that have participated in the VSE for the past three years are automatically considered.

Winners are not selected based solely on total funds raised. A committee of experienced fundraisers reviews hundreds of pages of data from the survey, considering factors and variables including:

  • Patterns of growth in total support  
  • Evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure
  • Overall breadth of fundraising
  • Patterns of growth in gifts from sources including alumni, other individuals, corporations, and foundations  
  • Impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support
  • Giving to areas such as current operations, endowment, and property/buildings
  • Amount raised per student
  • Amount raised relative to expenditures
  • Alumni participation

Read more about CASE Circle of Excellence Awards