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Antioch College's Office of Advancement wins national fundraising award

Antioch College has won a top national award for its fundraising work in the 2014 Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The Office of Advancement’s November 2013 “Giving Tuesday” Competition won a silver medal in the “Targeted Campaigns” category. A panel of experts selected Antioch's entry from among 39 entries.

“We are immensely proud to receive recognition for our Giving Tuesday program in its inaugural year of existence,” said former Senior Director of Advancement Maureen Devine-Ahl.”Many other award recipients are long-standing institutions with far greater financial resources and human capital.”

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,650 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in more than 82 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of alumni relations, communications, educational fundraising and marketing.

This year, 629 higher education institutions, independent schools and nonprofits from around the world submitted more than 3,000 entries in 100 categories for consideration in the Circle of Excellence awards program.

According to CASE, the annual Circle of Excellence Awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results. Winning programs epitomize the profession's best practices, raise standards and contribute to a growing body of knowledge about advancement.

The Office of Advancement developed and implemented a comprehensive plan for Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season, designed to encourage charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. 

The Office of Advancement created a competition to honor the day, calling it the Giving Tuesday Competition. The competition sought to award a $5,000 prize to the recognized student organization(s) or department(s) who could earn the most votes in an online giving contest.

Student organizations and departments were invited to submit applications describing why they needed the $5,000 prize and how they would use it. In total, nine groups submitted applications to compete.

In total, $25,915 was raised, far more than ever estimated. On Giving Tuesday, 261 donors made 816 donations and more than 2,200 votes were cast in the competition.

The following day, it was announced that the overall winner of the $5,000 prize was the Diversity Training and Resources project, submitted by the Diversity Group and the Queer Center. In second place was the Food Forest Planting project, submitted by the Antioch Farm. And in third place was the Winning Victories Through Debate project, submitted by the Antioch Speech and Debate Team. 

For more information and to see a list of all the winners, visit: http://www.case.org/Award_Programs/Circle_of_Excellence/Previous_Winners/2014_Winners.html