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The historic Administration Building at Northwest stands as a symbol of the University's strength and success. Northwest is being recognized now by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with a 2017 Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Performance.

The historic Administration Building at Northwest stands as a symbol of the University's strength and success. Northwest is being recognized now by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with a 2017 Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Performance. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Sept. 20, 2017

Northwest recognized as top fundraising institution in U.S.

Northwest Missouri State University and its Office of Advancement are the recipients of a 2017 Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Performance, an honor presented annually by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to superior fundraising programs at educational institutions across the country.

Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.

Leaders cite Northwest’s approach to profession-based learning and a mission of “focusing on student success – every student, every day” as keys to its institutional success and appeal to donors.

“We are thankful for donor and friend support of Northwest’s strategic directions based on profession-based learning and student success,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Further, we are thankful for the work of our advancement team and the many support areas as we have built a sustainable infrastructure, strong processes and a culture suited for sustained comprehensive campaigns.”

The Northwest Foundation recently announced it secured a record of nearly $13 million in donor funding during the 2017 fiscal year while exceeding its goal for the year by 82 percent. It collected three seven-figure gifts during FY17, while the average gift increased 20 percent to about $4,700, outdoing peer institutions by 16 percent. Ninety-four percent of the total funds raised by the Foundation were cash contributions, which also is an all-time high for the organization. Additionally, the average gift supporting the Northwest’s annual giving program increased by 11 percent, while giving by Northwest faculty and staff reached a historic 45 percent.

“The confidence our donors have in Northwest Missouri State University is at an all-time high,” Mike Johnson, vice president of university advancement at Northwest,” said. “This prestigious award for our institution and the Northwest Foundation demonstrates an increased spirit and power of philanthropy pulling together, and we are grateful."

CASE named 89 colleges and universities and 12 independent schools as recipients of this year’s Educational Fundraising Awards. Their selection is based on data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education's (CAE) annual Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. As a CASE member institution, Northwest was eligible to receive an overall performance or overall improvement award because it has participated in the VSE survey for the past three years.

Judges reviewed the fundraising data of 554 eligible institutions before naming award winners. Of the 89 colleges and universities selected, 43 won an award for overall performance in fundraising.

Northwest is the only school in Missouri to receive an Educational Fundraising Award this year.

“As raising private support becomes more critical for colleges, universities and independent schools, our 2017 honorees are setting the standard for fundraising excellence,” Brian Flahaven, CASE’s senior director for advocacy, said.

CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. Its membership includes nearly 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and non-profit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe.

The full list of Educational Fundraising Award recipients is available at www.case.org.

For more information about the Northwest Foundation or to make a gift to support Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or advance@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468