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Oct. 8, 2018

Northwest recognized again as top fundraising institution

For the second consecutive year, Northwest Missouri State University and its Office of University Advancement is being recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with its Educational Fundraising Award, an honor presented to superior fundraising programs at educational institutions across the country.

Northwest was one of five universities among public comprehensive institutions with endowments of more than $35 million to receive CASE’s Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Improvement this fall. Honorees were selected based on a judging panel’s blind analysis of three years of fundraising data submitted to the annual Voluntary Support of Education Survey (VSE).

“We are very proud of the work that our University Advancement team is doing to provide support to Northwest, and it is very gratifying to receive this national recognition our efforts,” Lori Steiner, the executive director of university advancement and chief finance officer for the Northwest Foundation, said. “We also are thankful for the support our donors and friends provide to Northwest and this recognition is a testament to that.”

The Northwest Foundation recently announced it secured $4.5 million in donor funding during its 2018 fiscal year, boosting its record two-year total to $17 million. The Foundation also awarded $934,000 in financial assistance during FY18, the second-highest dollar amount awarded in the history of the organization.

The Foundation's achievements during its current comprehensive campaign also include:

The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest Missouri State University for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Northwest Foundation, governed by a 39-member volunteer board of directors, is staffed by members of Northwest’s Office of University Advancement.

“On behalf of the Northwest Foundation Board, we congratulate the talented and dedicated staff of the Office of University Advancement for being recognized for a second year with the CASE Educational Fundraising Award,” Northwest Foundation Board President Jennifer Nicholson said. “Being one of five universities with endowments of over $35 million to receive this award recognizes that the partnership of our advancement staff with donors and friends of the University continues to be strengthened in the face of ever-lowering state support.”

CASE named 82 colleges and universities and eight 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, in which 963 higher education institutions participated last year. 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 select winners based on a multitude of factors, including an institution’s pattern of growth in total support, evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure, overall breadth in program areas, a pattern of growth in each program area, and a pattern of donor growth among donors.

Northwest is one of only two institutions in Missouri to receive an Educational Fundraising Award, joining Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

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

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


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