WPI Wins Fund-Raising Award

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute was one of 98 colleges, universities and independent schools across the U.S. named a winner of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE's) 1995 Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund- raising Awards. The awards were presented at CASE's annual assembly in New York City earlier this month.

"We were one of only eight recipients in the private research/doctoral institution category recognized for outstanding fund-raising results," noted Ronald Baird, interim vice president for university relations. The other seven universities were Brown, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Stanford, Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago. "This is an honor of real consequence," Baird said. "We could not have done this without the generous support of our many donors who stepped forward to invest in our unique institution. The entire WPI community can be justifiably proud."

A 13-member panel of fund-raising veterans selected winners in all categories of awards. Judges based their decisions on their analysis of data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) through its annual "Voluntary Support of Education" survey. The survey is co-sponsored by CASE and the National Association of Independent Schools. All educational institutions that returned the survey data to CAE for each of the last three years (1991-92, 1992- 93, 1993-94) were eligible for consideration.

"This year's winners represent a broad spectrum of educational institutions and serve as models of outstanding fund-raising practice," said CASE President Peter McE. Buchanan. "Their success is an enormous credit to their staffs, volunteers, and donors."

The judges considered many factors, including the following: pattern of growth in total support (or adjusted total support); evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure; overall breadth in program areas; the pattern of growth in each program area; the pattern of growth among alumni donors and other individual donors; the impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support; total support in relation to alumni base; and the size and type of an institution.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is an international association of colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools. Representing these institutions are professionals in the fields of alumni relations, communications, and philanthropy.