The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced that Carson-Newman University is a recipient of a 2019 Educational Fundraising Award.

The University won in the category of Overall Performance, Endowments Under $72 million, within the Private Comprehensive Institutions category.

The Educational Fundraising Awards annually recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the CASE AM Atlas Voluntary Support of Education survey.

Scott Faulkenberry, Carson-Newman vice president for Advancement, credited the recognition to supporters of Carson-Newman, its mission and the impact it has had, and continues to have, on generations of students.

“I can’t say enough about our alumni and friends of the university,” said Faulkenberry. “It’s their ongoing and dedicated support that has allowed us to move our fundraising program forward each year.”

CASE judges noted a national trend of declining alumni participation, but that the amount of money given by alumni continues to increase. Such trends have Faulkenberry and his team looking at innovative ways to address fundraising.

“We are exploring new possibilities to connect our supporters to the University,” said Faulkenberry.

One of the new initiatives is a new Orange and Blue Society that supporters can join through membership. Along with benefiting C-N, members receive a host of benefits determined by whether they join at the Blue Level or Orange Level.

“The beauty of this awards program is that we look at the data not knowing what institution is being represented,” said Sue Kubik, a successful fundraiser and one of this year’s CASE judges. “In showcasing these best-of-the-best programs, CASE helps its members identify institutions doing smart and innovative work from which everyone can learn.”

Joining Carson-Newman in the awards category are Bellarmine University, Eastern Mennonite University and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.