Below, you will find the entry links, official rules and platinum categories with criteria.
Platinum Category Entry Links
Best Practices in Alumni Relations
Best Practices in Communications and Marketing
Best Practices in Fundraising
Best Practices in Diversity Programming
Best Practices in Digital Communications
Best Practices in Advancement Services
Excellence in Photography
Best Articles of the Year
Platinum Categories Official Rules
The competition will open on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and will close on Friday, November 30, 2018.
Advancement professionals who are employed at CASE IV member institutions are eligible to submit entries. There is no limit to the number of entries per individual or institution. All materials submitted should have been completed primarily after November 1, 2017.
- Work entered will not be returned. Please do not send original artwork, photographs, slides or other one-of-a-kind materials.
- All physical entries (abstracts and entry materials) should be placed in a binder or folder. Do not mount entries on boards.
Entries are judged by a panel of experts who are not current advancement professionals in District IV.
Entries may be selected to receive the following awards:
- Gold- presented for an entry judged to be the best of its class.
- Silver- presented for an exceptional entry.
- Bronze- presented for an outstanding entry.
- Honorable Mention- presented, at the judges’ discretion, for an entry that deserves recognition.
Awards are not necessarily given in each category, and the top two submissions may advance to the national competition.
Award winners will receive a certificate suitable for framing. The names of the winners will also be published in an official Awards Listing and distributed at the annual CASE District IV Conference.
The names of the office and institution responsible for the winning entry appear on the awards certificates. (If multiple copies of the winner certificates are needed, additional certificates may be ordered at a cost of $15 each from the Awards Chair, Annie Carter (972-628-5512, email@example.com), until May 31, 2019. After that date, no extra certificates will be printed.) This form will be available at the conference award presentation and online following the conference.
- Select Category
Review the list of categories and choose one you wish to enter. You can enter as many categories as you like after you begin the entry process. Click on the entry link by the category you wish to enter.
Before you can begin your entry, you will be prompted to login to the system. Please use your CASE login. If you do not have a CASE login or do not remember your login, visit the account page.
- Entry Details
Only CASE member institutions located in CASE District IV are eligible to enter. The “Entry Details” page (Step 1) will display the institution connected to your membership – the institution that will be recognized if your entry wins an award. If the institution listed is incorrect, click on the “go to my account” link under the institution to change the institution tied to your account. You can also provide an alternate point of contact for your entry on this page.After you confirm your institution, you can begin completing the online entry form. Throughout the entry process, you have the ability to save your entry as a draft and return later. When you login, you will find the draft saved under “My Award Nominations.” You can also start another entry after you have saved an entry as draft.
Each category/subcategory has a set of entry questions, which you answer on the “Entry Information” page (Step 2). In addition, you will either be required to provide attachments or will have the option of attaching supplemental documents with your entry on the “Attachments” page (Step 3). Please be sure to save your work frequently.
- Submit Final/Payment
When you are ready to submit your entry, click the “Submit Final” button at the bottom of the Entry Preview page. Note that you will no longer be able to edit your entry once you click Submit Final.Once you click submit final, you will be presented with three options: Pay Now, Pay All, Pay Later. If you wish to pay for the entry you just completed only, click “Pay Now”. If you wish to pay for the entry you have just completed as well as any other entries you have completed, click “Pay All” to pay for all of your entries at one time. If you wish to complete other entries before you pay, click “Pay Later.” This will save your completed entry, though you will need to return and pay the entry fee at a later time in order for your entry to be considered for an award.CASE accepts credit cards for payment of entry fees. The fee for the Platinum categories is $125 per entry.
Winning entries will be displayed at the 2019 CASE Conference at the Gaylord Texan.
Any entries not retrieved by the end of the conference will be discarded. Non-winning entries are not returned unless prior arrangements have been made.
Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the CASE District IV Annual Conference.
If you have questions, contact the appropriate judging coordinator or Awards Chair, Annie Carter, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASE International Platinum Categories
The CASE Platinum Awards recognize best practices throughout the advancement profession worldwide. Institutions enter via their district competition only, with up to two winners advancing to the international stage of the competition. The entry fee for these categories is $125, which covers both stages of the competition (regardless of if your entry is advanced to the second stage).
- Best Practices in Alumni Relations
Recognizes exemplary programs, projects and initiatives in alumni relations that serve as models for other institutions, provide a successful solution to overcoming challenges, reflect strategic use of resources, achieve significant results and/or utilize innovative practices. These may include a new twist to alumni programming; engaging emerging constituents with a goal toward improving diversity and inclusion; integrating multimedia into reunions and other alumni events; or innovative ways to engage or reengage alumni. Enter this category >>
- Best Practices in Communications and Marketing
Recognizes exemplary programs, projects and initiatives in communications and marketing that serve as models for other institutions, provide a successful solution to overcoming challenges, reflect strategic use of resources, achieve significant results and/or utilize innovative practices. Entries can address projects in a variety of areas, including public relations, media relations, internal communications, crisis communications, branding and integrated marketing. Enter this category >>
- Best Practices in Fundraising
Recognizes exemplary programs, projects and initiatives in fundraising that serve as models for other institutions, provide a successful solution to overcoming challenges, reflect strategic use of resources, achieve significant results and/or utilize innovative practices. These may include putting a new twist on a senior gift program, getting grandparents to give, increasing corporate sponsorship and creative approaches to major giving. Entries can be in any area of fundraising and development. Enter this category >>
- Best Practices in Diversity Programs
Recognizes programs, projects and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion in educational advancement hiring and retention; including student programming aimed at developing a diverse pipeline for the profession. Also eligible are programs designed to educate and support staff in engaging diverse constituents and those that contribute to an organizational climate committed to diversity.Eligible programs may come from any area of institutional advancement (fundraising, alumni relations and communications and marketing, talent management/human resources). Enter this category >>
- Best Practices in Digital Communications
Recognizes programs, projects and initiatives utilizing digital communications within both new and established programming. Eligible programs may come from any area of institutional advancement (fundraising, alumni relations or communications and marketing). Programs may be ongoing or new, but must have been in place long enough to have produced well-documented results. Each program constitutes a single entry. Submit your entry with attachments through our online entry process. Make sure URLs or other information listed on your entry form is correct. Enter this category >> (link coming soon)
- Best Practices in Advancement Services Programs
Recognizes exemplary programs, projects and initiatives in advancement services that serve as models for other institutions, provide a successful solution to overcoming challenges, reflect strategic use of resources, achieve significant results and/or utilize innovative practices. Entries can be in any area of advancement services including information systems, gift reporting and prospect research. Enter this category >>
- Excellence in Photography
Recognizes the best black-and-white and/or color photography produced by a single staff or freelance photographer for use in an institutional publication or periodical or for some institutional purpose such as on a website, an exhibition, or advertising. An entry includes a portfolio of 5-10 representative photographs. Enter this category >>Mailed Materials
Print out your completed entry application and submit with a portfolio of 5 to 10 prints representative of one photographer’s work plus proof (such as a tear sheet) of publication or other use. All photographs must be printed out – do not send disks. Do not mount photographs. Prints should be not more than 8″x10″ in size.
- Best Articles of the Year
Your article may cover any subject matter but must have appeared in a periodical published by your institution. Articles by freelance, staff, and non-staff writers may be submitted here. Speech summaries, question and answer stories and materials reprinted from other sources are not eligible. Enter this category >>