05/23/2013 -- CCAC honored with two national fundraising awards

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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is among 82 colleges and universities nationally to receive a 2013 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award recognizes institutions for overall performance and improvement in educational fundraising programs.

CCAC and three other community colleges—located in New York, Texas and Wyoming—were recognized for overall fundraising performance. It was the second year CCAC was honored in the category. CCAC and four other community colleges outside of Pennsylvania were also recognized this year for overall improvement in fundraising. Honorees in other categories included Brown, Harvard, Stanford and Yale.

“We are pleased that CASE has yet again recognized the great support CCAC has received from our community as we seek to expand our programs and infrastructure without burdening our students,” said CCAC President Alex Johnson. “The efforts of the CCAC Educational Foundation and its board, in coordination with the CCAC Board of Trustees, have resulted in record-breaking achievements.”

CCAC announced Imagine & Achieve: The Campaign for the Community College of Allegheny County in January 2012. Already among the most ambitious community college fundraising campaigns nationally, the campaign’s initial goal of $30 million was achieved even before the public launch. As a result of this accomplishment, CCAC increased its goal to $40 million. To date, the campaign has raised more than $41 million dollars from private and competitive public sources.

Selection for the Educational Fundraising Award is based on data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education’s annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. A CASE member institution is automatically eligible to receive an overall performance or overall improvement award provided it has participated in the VSE survey for the past three years. Institutions are evaluated within appropriate peer groups by volunteer judges.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City, CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals in education who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.

Founded in 1974, CASE is one of the largest nonprofit education associations in terms of institutional membership. Its membership includes more than 3,600 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 76 countries around the world. It serves nearly 70,000 advancement professionals on the staffs of its member institutions.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.

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