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June 5, 2014 8:45 AM

Erika Herran

Yvette Jones

“We have worked hard to rebuild and strengthen our fundraising efforts, and it is rewarding to be recognized nationally in this way,” says Yvette Jones. (Photo by Sally Asher)

For the first time in its history, Tulane University has been recognized with a prestigious national award for excellence in fundraising.  

The 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Award was granted to Tulane in the “Overall Improvement” category. 

The award recognizes overall performance and overall improvement in educational fundraising programs based on an independent analysis of three years of fundraising data.  

“I am very proud of our progress during these last few years,” says Yvette Jones, executive vice president for university relations and development.  “We have worked hard to rebuild and strengthen our fundraising efforts, and it is rewarding to be recognized nationally in this way.”  

CASE is an international association of educational institutions which provides standards and services for advancement professionals.

An expert panel of volunteer judges selected winners based on a number of factors, including the pattern of growth in total support; overall breadth in program areas; pattern of donor growth; and total support in relation to the institution’s alumni base.

Tulane President Scott Cowen congratulated the development staff, saying he would “look on with ‘fatherly pride’” as the team achieves even greater successes in the future.  “We have come a long way from the dark days of Katrina. Collectively, you have done a magnificent job of rebuilding our fundraising capacity, and the university has significantly benefited from your efforts.” 

Tulane is in good company. Out of 1,010 eligible four-year universities, only 68 were given awards including Duke, Harvard, Stanford and the University of Southern California. Texas Christian University and Baylor University were in the same category as Tulane and granted the “Overall Improvement” award as well. 

Erika Herran is a communications specialist in the Office of Development Communications.

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