Stevens was named a recipient of a 2014 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Improvement among private research institutions with endowments of less than $1 billion. The recognition comes on the heels of a very successful year in fundraising. Stevens' Office of Development reported on June 30 that Stevens received more than $22 million in philanthropic support to close out the 2013-14 fiscal year.
“I am very pleased that CASE has recognized Stevens with this award. The growth we experienced in our fundraising performance is a real team effort. I want to thank all of the members of the Office of Development for all of their hard work over the last three years that resulted in a 500 percent improvement in this critical area. Without the positive, forward looking culture that has been reignited by Stevens’ Board of Trustees and President Farvardin and further supported by the Alumni Association, this achievement could not have been possible,” said Edward Eichhorn '69, Senior Development Consultant and retired vice president of Development.
A defining strength of the 2013-14 fiscal year was the active participation across many of the different groups of alumni donors within the Stevens community, with some seeing substantial increases over the prior year.
“With most universities seeing a decline in alumni participation, it is inspiring that more and more alumni at Stevens are committed to strengthening their alma mater. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Stevens community and I am thrilled to be here,” said Brodie Remington, who assumed the position of vice president of Development in June 2014.
The award to Stevens is a distinguished recognition by member institutions of CASE, a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. Each year since 1959, CASE and its predecessor organizations have recognized exceptional development programs.
The awards program is based upon an analysis of three recent years of fundraising data from the Council for Aid to Education’s annual Voluntary Support of Education Survey (VSE). Using that data, an expert panel of judges selects winners based on a number of factors: 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.
In identifying Overall Fundraising Performance winners, judges use the above factors to recognize institutions that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.