What a Day of Giving

Participation in the one-day appeal surged in 2019, helping the Case Fund® to surpass its highest one-day donor goal.

Alumni support on the annual Day of Giving grew again in 2019 as donors contributed more than $62,000 to the Case Fund ®, in support of engineering, math and the applied sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

The Case Fund goal was to attract more than 190 donors on the Day of Giving. By the end of the one-day appeal, 217 alumni and friends had contributed $62,197.

That’s a substantial increase over 2018, when 184 donors contributed $21,814.

The entire university participated in the annual Day of Giving, which offered alumni the chance to support a favorite school, college or program. The Case Fund attracted the highest percentage of donors with undergraduate degrees, 64%.

 “Those are the numbers that matter to U.S. News and World Report,” Ryan Strine, Director of Annual Giving said.

College rankings, including those produced by U.S. News, are influenced by alumni participation in mass appeals, which are seen as evidence of alumni satisfaction and engagement.

Graduate alumni accounted for 14% of giving to the Case Fund and faculty and staff for the other 18%.

Strine believes that new outreach strategies helped to boost giving in 2019. These included a special edition of the Case Alumni Association newsletter explaining the importance of the campaign, email appeals from popular faculty, and matching gift challenges created by alumni.

For example, one anonymous alumnus offered to match any gift up to $1,000 made by his Case fraternity brothers. These types of matches and challenges create entertaining ways for alumni to encourage giving between friends, fraternities and student groups looking to give back, Strine said.

Another successful approach included an appeal from longtime professor Frank Merat ’72, MS ’75, PhD ’78 sent to former students asking them to join him in making a donation.

“Folks like our own Frank Merat did a great job of helping us reach our donor goals,” Strine said. “It was a coordinated effort, not luck. We’ve got big plans for next year.”

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