Washington and Lee University has earned the CASE Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Performance for 2014, the highest and most prestigious recognition offered to a fundraising program by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). It is the fifth time in the last decade that W&L has received the award, which recognizes exemplary development programs at CASE member institutions. This year, W&L was one of 37 institutions to receive the recognition among research/doctoral institutions, comprehensive universities and liberal arts colleges.
The recognition is based on the judges' analysis of data submitted each year to the Council for Aid to Education's Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. The CASE Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Performance is based on data for the past three fiscal years. For 2014, 1,010 higher education institutions participated in the survey. The selection of the 37 winners for Overall Performance is based on several factors, including the pattern of growth in total support; evaluation of contributing factors to the total growth; overall breadth in program areas; pattern of growth in each program area; pattern of donor growth among alumni and other individual donors; impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support; total support in relation to the alumni base; and the type of institution.
W&L joins just five other institutions—Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Claremont McKenna College, Davidson College and Hillsdale College—as a winner in the category of Liberal Arts Colleges with Endowments Over $100 Million.
"I was delighted to hear that Washington and Lee had received such recognition for 2014," said Dennis Cross, vice president for University advancement at W&L. "We are fortunate to work with hundreds of volunteers, administrative leaders, trustees and thousands of alumni, parents, friends and foundations who make the philanthropy program at W&L successful and who support the University's educational mission so generously."