CSULB recognized for ‘Overall Performance’ in Fundraising

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case-awardShowcasing its prowess in fundraising, especially during difficult economic times, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has been recognized for its “Overall Performance” with a prestigious 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising.

Of the more than 900 higher education institutions eligible for this award, only 39 four-year colleges or universities were recognized for Overall Performance. CSULB was one of just six universities across the country in the Public Comprehensive Institutions category to receive the award.

“We were thrilled to receive this honor. The university has worked very hard in the past few years to reconnect with our alumni, and this has resulted in their increased support and commitment to Cal State Long Beach,” said URD Vice President Andrea Taylor. “It is a wonderful honor and, most importantly, validates the increased support we are receiving from our university friends and family.”

The Overall Performance award highlights the fundraising efforts of the campus’ University Relations and Development (URD) Department. URD recently announced raising nearly $32 million during the 2008-09 academic year, the second highest fundraising total in CSULB history, second only to last year’s yield of nearly $34 million.

The CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising in Overall Performance honors exemplary advancement programs and activities, as well as the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in fundraising efforts. In selecting overall fundraising performance winners, judges use factors to recognize institutions with programs that demonstrate continued growth, depth in its support base, and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.

“This award demonstrates the generosity of our alumni, parents and friends and their commitment to Cal State Long Beach,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “Our donors and URD are dedicated to CSULB’S mission and goals and are willing to give personal resources to the university to ensure today’s students receive an outstanding education that will be an integral part of their professional careers and lives.”

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