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Recognition for Superior Fundraising


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    Sergio Gonzalez

    Sergio Gonzalez

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 8, 2017)—In recognition of its fundraising performance over the past year and its longer-term success, the University of Miami has received two significant Educational Funding Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

    UM was one of only two institutions in the category of private research/doctoral institutions with endowments under $1 billion to receive CASE’s award for Overall Fundraising Performance, which honors institutions that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indicators of mature, well-maintained programs. In fiscal year 2016, UM raised more than $236 million, a $42.5 million increase over the previous year.

    UM was also among a select group of private and public institutions of all sizes to receive the 2017 Sustained Excellence Education Fundraising Award, which recognizes institutions that have received CASE’s top fundraising awards in at least three of the last five years.

    “These awards are a testament to the dedication of our incredible advancement team and the generosity of our loyal donors. It is also a tribute to President Julio Frenk, our tireless volunteers, members of the Board of Trustees, and faculty,” said Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs. “I am proud of our advancement team and thankful that our supporters continue to recognize the value of investing in UM and believe in advancing its excellence.’’

    The awards are based on 350 data points voluntarily submitted by 554 eligible institutions to the Council for Aid to Education’s annual Voluntary Support of Education survey. An expert panel of volunteer judges evaluates the survey data blindly, and selects the winners based on a number of factors, including a pattern of growth in total support and overall breadth in program areas.

    The first university in Florida to reach the $1 billion mark in fundraising, UM raised a total of $3 billion during two Momentum campaigns conducted under former President Donna Shalala’s leadership and is in the preparatory phase of its first campaign under President Frenk’s tenure.

    Case is an international association of more than 3,600 educational institutions, which serves nearly 81,000 advancement professionals in 82 countries.

    Read more about the CASE awards.

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