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Clark College Foundation Awarded for Superior Fundraising Efforts

Vancouver, WA

As the recent recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2010 WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising, the Clark College Foundation has garnered national recognition for its "best practices" and superior fundraising program. The award was given based on judges' analysis of three years of the foundation's fundraising data. Of 1,005 eligible for consideration, the foundation is one of 12 to receive the award for "Overall Improvement."

The award, a component of CASE's Circle of Excellence program, honors the exemplary advancement initiatives and activities by its member educational entities. "Because your fundraising program was judged by a panel of your peers," said Norma Walker, Vice President of Advancement Programs for CASE, "this award is not only a recognition of its high value to your institution, but also an acknowledgement of its stature as a best practice that contributes to the advancement profession overall."

Judges reviewed a three-year period that began in 2006 with the foundation's restructuring to refocus its fundraising efforts. "We didn't apply for this recognition," noted Clark College Foundation President/CEO Lisa Gibert. "It was given based on benchmarking information collected from us by CASE for the past three years. I'm very proud of the work that got us to this point."

Clark College President, Robert K. Knight, echoes CASE's confirmation of the foundation's excellence. "The Clark College Foundation is a superb partner. Their leadership and staff do outstanding work in support of our college and our students. It's exciting to know that their peers across the country recognize the foundation's commitment to excellence."

CG Senior Consultant, Dr. James Selby also applauds the efforts of the foundation. "I am very impressed with their professionalism and the way they keep their foundation board and its committees informed and updated," notes Selby. "Lisa and Ara Serjoie work tirelessly on behalf of their board and that shows in the professionalism of the organization."

The Clements Group conducted a feasibility study for Clark College in 2008 and Dr. James Selby, CG Senior Consultant, is currently serving as campaign counsel. For additional information contact Ara Serjoie, Vice President of Development, Clark College Foundation at

September 2010