University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
August 7, 2009
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Receives National Award for Improvement in Fund-Raising Program

Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s WealthEngine Award

The University of South Alabama has received national recognition for the overall improvement of its fund-raising program from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The University was honored with the 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award following an independent analysis of three years of fund-raising data. The judges were senior fund-raising officers from colleges and universities around the country. The University did not apply for this award.

The CASE Circle of Excellence program, which includes the WealthEngine Award, honors exemplary educational fund-raising programs and activities.

According to a letter from CASE President John Lippincott, USA “not only demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in its fund-raising efforts, it has contributed to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide.”

USA officials recently concluded the institution’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign by announcing that the five-year effort generated more than $93.5 million, exceeding its goal of $75 million by 25 percent.

Funds raised through “Campaign USA” will support the University’s teaching, research, health care and service missions, providing resources for undergraduate and graduate scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, classroom and laboratory equipment, health care enhancements, and facilities and capital improvements throughout the institution. More than 22,000 donors gave a total of 44,000 individual gifts to the campaign.

USA President Gordon Moulton said of the CASE award, “In these challenging economic times, it is especially important that universities be able to turn to private giving to help support excellence in our teaching, research and health care programs.  This award acknowledges the improvements USA has made in its fund-raising program, the commitment of our campaign leadership team, and the generosity of our donors who responded enthusiastically to our first comprehensive campaign.”

USA Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr. said, “This important national award is another tribute to the success of Campaign USA: Leadership and especially to our campaign leaders and staff who had the vision to set lofty goals and the determination to exceed them. By doing so, USA now has the ability to compete nationally for private gift support for the betterment of the University and the community.”


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