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ODU Fundraising Honored For Improvement

Old Dominion was recently named a winner of an national educational fundraising award for "Overall Improvement" by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The University was cited in the category of public research/doctoral institutions with endowments under $250 million.

Each year since 1959, the Washington D.C.-based council has recognized exceptional development programs.

The awards program recognizes overall performance and improvement in educational fundraising programs based on data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education's Voluntary Support of Education survey.

An expert panel of volunteer judges selects winners based on a number of factors, including:

 Pattern of growth in total support (or adjusted total support if appropriate);

 Evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure;

 Overall breadth in program areas;

 Pattern of growth in each program area;

 Pattern of donor growth among alumni/ae donors and other individual donors;

 Impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support;

 Total support in relation to the alumni/ae base;

 Type of institution.

In selecting Old Dominion as a winner for Overall Fundraising Improvement, judges used those factors to find significant program growth across three years of data. Institutions are evaluated within appropriate peer groups, using different size and type classifications.

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