SUNY New Paltz wins CASE Fundraising Award for first time in College’s history

SUNY New Paltz is one of 98 colleges and universities to win a 2019 Educational Fundraising Award, given annually by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to exceptional collegiate fundraising programs in the United States.

New Paltz was among 39 first-time winners and one of only five institutions to receive awards in both the Overall Improvement and Overall Performance categories, a testament to the outstanding work of the Office of Development & Alumni Relations and the SUNY New Paltz Foundation in recent years.

“We’re honored and proud to receive this recognition from CASE, the premier association representing advancement in higher education,” said Erica Marks, vice president for development & alumni relations and executive director of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.

“Last year the SUNY New Paltz Foundation raised more philanthropic dollars than ever before in its history. While the numbers are important, most meaningful has been the impact of philanthropy on our campus: supporting scholarships and student learning, campus initiatives such as the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, Veteran and Military Services, and the Dorsky Museum of Art, and programs that benefit the entire community,” Marks said.

The Educational Fundraising Awards recognize development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the CASE AMAtlas Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey and evaluated by experienced educational fundraisers.

“The beauty of this awards program is that we look at the data not knowing what institution is being represented,” said Sue Kubik, an accomplished educational fundraiser and long-time CASE volunteer who led the judging panel this year. “In showcasing these best-of-the-best programs, CASE helps its members identify institutions doing smart and innovative work from which everyone can learn.”

SUNY New Paltz was joined by SUNY Potsdam, Westchester County Community College and Dutchess County Community Colleges as CASE award winners in the SUNY system.

New Paltz was the only SUNY campus to win both for Overall Performance, which recognizes breadth of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program, and Overall Improvement, for colleges and universities that demonstrate significant program growth across the three years of data.

“These institutions have not only demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in their fundraising efforts, they have contributed to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide by serving as a model to which others can aspire,” said Sue Cunningham, CASE president and CEO.

The full list of 2019 CASE Educational Fundraising Awards winners can be accessed online.

About the SUNY New Paltz Foundation
Founded in 1976, the Foundation works to enrich the quality of academic life at SUNY New Paltz by raising private contributions. Gifts to the Foundation enhance the teaching, learning, and discovery that takes place on campus, and allow New Paltz to enrich the cultural, economic and social fabric of the Mid-Hudson region. There is virtually no activity on campus that does not benefit from the gifts made to the Foundation and to the endowment. One hundred percent of donated funds are used for programs that benefit students.

For more information about the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, please visit

About CASE
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions. CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and government relations. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.

Member institutions include more than 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 82 countries. CASE serves nearly 88,000 practitioners. For more information about CASE, please visit