Hope College has received national recognition for its fund-raising program.

Hope has received a 2002 "Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund-Raising Award" for overall improvement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award will be presented on Monday, July 8, during CASE's International Assembly in Chicago, Ill.

The program honored 47 colleges and universities, and 21 K-12 schools, with awards for either overall improvement or overall performance in fund-raising. Approximately 1,000 institutions were eligible for consideration, based on having submitted data to the Council for Aid to Education's "Voluntary Support of Education" (VSE) Survey for three consecutive years.

"This award is a tribute to the generosity of Hope's constituents," said William K. Anderson, who is senior vice president for finance and development at Hope. "Recognition like this is rewarding to us in development, but it really reflects that alumni, parents and friends of the college appreciate what Hope has to offer and value the work of the college's faculty and staff on behalf of students."

The college's fund-raising efforts include not only the annual "Hope Fund," which provides support for operations year-to-year, but currently the $105 million "Legacies: A Vision of Hope" capital campaign, announced in October of 2000. Gifts to the "Hope Fund" totalled $2.865 million during 2000-01, up from $2.7 million during 1998-99. Through the end of May of this year, nearly $87 million had been contributed to the campaign.

This year's award marks the ninth time since 1967 that Hope has received national recognition for its development program. In 1987 and 1988, CASE recognized Hope for having the "Best Total Development Program" among all U.S. undergraduate colleges with more than 10,000 alumni. Most recently, in 2001, the college received a CASE "Circle of Excellence Award for Improved Giving."

Other Michigan colleges and universities receiving 2002 awards from CASE are Calvin College, Grand Valley State University and Kettering University.