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Central Washington University Honored for Fundraising Success

For the first time in its history, Central Washington University has received an Educational Fundraising Award from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The Educational Fundraising Awards annually recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey.

CWU received the award for its overall improvement by demonstrating significant program growth over three years of data. Only eight other public comprehensive institutions nationwide received similar commendation.

“These institutions have not only demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in their fundraising efforts, they have contributed to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide by serving as a model to which others can aspire,” noted Sue Cunningham, CASE president and CEO.

CASE member institutions that have participated in the VSE for the past three years are automatically considered. A group of experienced educational fundraisers spends hours reviewing the data to determine awardees.

“It is an honor to receive this Educational Fundraising Award from CASE for the first time in the university’s history,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of CWU Foundation. “With CASE being considered the gold-standard for best practice and professional development in our profession, receiving this national recognition validates the progress we are making in our alumni engagement and fundraising efforts while motivating us even more in our mission to build community, connection and capacity around Central’s faculty, students and programs.”

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Media Contact: Robin Burck, University Advancement Communications, 509-963-2846,