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Hartwick Receives CASE Award for Fundraising

July 8, 2009

Hartwick College has been chosen by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as the recipient of a 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising. The national award recognizes the College’s superior fundraising programs and overall improvement over the past three years.

“Successful fundraising is always a cooperative and collaborative effort,” Hartwick President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich said. “Many people—Trustees, the President, the Alumni Board, coaches, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the Citizens Board—are involved with development efforts each year, and each of these individuals can take some measure of credit for this award.”

Hartwick’s selection was based on the analysis of three years of fundraising data provided through the Voluntary Support of Education Survey. In announcing the award, Drugovich thanked donors and recognized outgoing Board of Trustees Chair Karl Mosch ’69 and Trustee Advancement Committee Chair Robert Spadaccia ’70, as well as Vice President for Institutional Advancement Seth Haight ’96 and the Institutional Advancement staff for their efforts over the past three years. In that time, the College has raised $27.8 million in gift support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

“Hartwick is fortunate to have the tremendous support of alumni, the Board of Trustees, friends of the College, the Oneonta community, faculty, and staff,” he said. “This comes as the result of both their generous gifts and an understanding of the strength and direction of Hartwick.” Haight also praised Hartwick’s Advancement staff for their efforts: “Our staff is extremely dedicated, and their hard work has directly contributed to the improvements recognized by the Council.”

The College is one of just 29 higher-education institutions chosen from a list of 450 colleges and universities to receive the Overall Improvement recognition. Hartwick was judged on a multitude of factors, including growth and evaluation of programs, donor growth among alumni, the impact of gifts, and total support.

“Because your fundraising program was judged by a panel of your peers, this award is not only a recognition of its high value to your institution, but also an acknowledgment of its stature as a best practice that contributes to the advancement of the profession overall,” CASE said in notifying Hartwick of the honor. “Your institution has not only demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in its fundraising efforts, it has contributed to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide.”

CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing, and other areas. Its mission is to advance and support education, with membership of more than 3,400 institutions worldwide. By working to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide, the organization helps its members build stronger relationships with alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, and foster public support of education.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Jennifer Moritz
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