JBU Honored Again by CASE for Educational Fundraising

Siloam Springs, Ark. (July 7, 2009) - John Brown University has been selected as a winner of the CASE 2009 WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising. The award is designed to honor institutions for exemplary fundraising. A panel of peer judges selected JBU to receive the Overall Performance award after reviewing three years of fundraising information. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) considered 450 institutions for awards in a variety of categories. In all, only 66 colleges and universities received a WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising for Overall Performance or Overall Improvement in their respective categories. JBU is the only university in Arkansas to be recognized for Overall Performance. “JBU has many generous alumni, friends and foundations that give sacrificially to the university, said Jim Krall, vice president of university advancement. We are also blessed with a talented and hard working development team that contributes to this success. This award is a special acknowledgment of this sacrificial giving and the hard work of the development team.” The WealthEngine Award is part of the CASE Circle of Excellence awards program which recognizes outstanding work in communications and marketing, alumni relations, advancement services and fundraising. Judging for the awards was done by peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as by professionals outside education. To be chosen for this award the institution must perform highly in the area of fundraising results and creative programming.

“This award really speaks volumes about the JBU alumni and friends who support the university,” said Paul Eldridge, senior director of development and planned giving. “JBU’s success is a result of their involvement and financial support of the university. In University Advancement, our goal is to advance the mission of JBU by inspiring others to engage with the university. This award indicates that our alumni and friends are, in fact, engaging with the university.” Along with JBU, other recognized institutions for Overall Performance include Johns Hopkins University and Yale University in the Private Research/Doctoral Institution category, University of Oklahoma in the Public Research/Doctoral Institution category, and the United States Military Academy in the Public Liberal Arts Institution category. In 2008, JBU received the CASE Circle of Excellence Award and the distinction of being named among only 5 private comprehensive colleges and universities nationwide for best overall performance in fundraising and creative programming. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving nearly 3,400 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 61 countries. The other institutions named with JBU in the Private Comprehensive Institutions category this year are Morningside College (Iowa), Pacific Lutheran University (Wash.), Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.), Saint Joseph’s University (Penn.), Spring Hill College (Ala.), Trinity University (Tex.), Union University (Tenn.), Villanova University (Penn.), and Xavier University (Ohio). A complete list of 2009 award winners is available at http://www.case.org.

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