December 20, 2006

SIU Foundation honored for fund-raising campaign

by Greg Scott

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Foundation has received national recognition for its planning and execution of the University's unprecedented $100 million comprehensive capital campaign.

The SIU Foundation was awarded a gold medal by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the leading international association of fund raising, alumni relations, communications and marketing organizations. Southern was recognized in the "Case Statements/Cultivation Publications" category during the 32nd annual CASE District V Conference.

Also, CASE bestowed Honorable Mention accolades upon the SIU Foundation in the "Excellence in Design: Series" category.

In August, CASE honored the SIU Foundation nationally with a gold medal from its 2006 Circle of Excellence awards program. The organization honored the Foundation for its campaign case statement. Southern was one of only five universities to receive top awards from the CASE panel of experts in the "Individual Fundraising Publications" category. There were 157 entries in this category.

"All areas of the Division of Institutional Advancement were instrumental in helping the Foundation to achieve this recognition. In addition, the assistance of staff in Media and Communication Resources was invaluable," Rickey N. McCurry, vice chancellor for institutional advancement and chief executive officer of the SIU Foundation, said.

The Division of Institutional Advancement includes the SIU Foundation, SIU Alumni Association, advancement services and constituent relations and special events. Snavely and Associates from State College, Pa. assisted the Foundation with the campaign communications.