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Earlham advancement team earns national fundraising award

November 14, 2019

The Earlham College Office of Institutional Advancement has been recognized as a national leader for excellence in fundraising by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The advancement team is the recipient of a 2019 Educational Fundraising Award, a recognition reserved for just 21 private liberal arts colleges, and 75 institutions overall across the nation. CASE conducted a national analysis of three years of fundraising data to select the winners. Earlham’s award is in the overall fundraising improvement category.

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“Your institution has not only demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and best practice in its fundraising efforts, it has contributed to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide by serving as a model to which others can aspire,” says CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham, in a letter announcing the award.

Fundraising by the Office of Institutional Advancement during the last three years has achieved new milestones for alumni giving and resulted in unprecedented learning opportunities for students by:

  • Establishing the EPIC Advantage, Earlham’s signature experiential learning initiative that offers a funded internship, research project, or off-campus excursion for every student. This major initiative is the result of the generosity of Alan ’74 and Peg Kral Scantland ’74 and is the largest gift to the College from alumni;
  • Endowing a teaching position dedicated to Biology and Ornithology, some of the College’s most popular courses of study, made possible by an estate sale in which proceeds were donated to Earlham from Martha Hansen ’59 and her brother, Edward Sykes; and
  • Expanding the capacity of the Earlham Fund following a record-breaking 2019 Earlham Day that resulted in 2,301 donors who contributed $728,124 in support of scholarships, student-faculty research, off-campus study, and even campus operations.

“The incredible generosity of our alumni network reminds us every day of the transformative power of an Earlham education and its capacity to change lives and communities around the world,” says Kim Tanner, Earlham’s interim vice president of Institutional Advancement. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Earlhamites every day and partner with them to support future generations of students and further enhance Earlham’s standing as one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges.”

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a global association for professionals in advancement — alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services — who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success.

Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 15 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools,” and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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