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Creighton Recognized for Philanthropic Achievements

Creighton Recognized for Philanthropic Achievements

Creighton University has been selected by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as a winner of the 2008 CASE -WealthEngine Awards for Educational Fundraising. The University received an Overall Performance award, which honors superior higher education fundraising programs across the country as selected by a panel of peers. Institutions do not apply for the award; consideration is based on three years of data submitted. Only 37 institutions received this award from a field of more than 4,000.

This is the third year that Creighton has received national recognition for its philanthropic efforts. In 2007, the University was one of only 30 institutions of higher learning to receive the CASE Overall Performance award. Creighton was also recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the top 400 nonprofit organizations based upon ability to attract private support. The University reached the list for the first time (ranking 351) for its performance in 2006 from a field of more than 300,000 nonprofits.

“This award is a testament to the generosity of our donors and their understanding of our vision and clear sense of purpose for Creighton University,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S. J. University president. “We are building a culture of philanthropy to enable us to continue to transform the University to serve the needs of our students and patients alike,” he added.

Creighton University launched its most ambitious fundraising initiative in the University’s history in December 2005 with a goal of $350 million. The Willing to Lead campaign has raised more than $330 million to date.

“This recognition is an indicator that building relationships and connecting alumni and Creighton’s friends with the great things the University is doing leads to success,” said Lisa Calvert, who is responsible for advancement as Creighton University’s vice president for University Relations.

CASE is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,200 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in 46 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of educational fundraising, communications, and alumni relations.