Hope College is being recognized nationally for fund raising excellence by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Hope is receiving a "2005 CASE/Wealth ID Award for Educational Fund Raising," for exemplary overall performance over the past three years. The award will be presented on Saturday, July 16, during the CASE Annual Assembly in Miami Beach, Fla., as one of the "2005 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards for Alumni Relations, Communications and Marketing, and Fund Raising."

Institutions do not apply for the award. The recognition is based on a judging panel's analysis of data submitted by colleges and universities to the annual "Voluntary Support of Education" survey conducted by the Council for Aid to Education.

Selection criteria included the pattern of growth in total support, evaluation of what contributed to the support, overall breadth in program areas, the pattern of growth in each program area, the impact of the 12 largest gifts on support and the type of institution. Hope raised a total of $50.3 million during the three fiscal years running from July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2004, including support for both the college's annual "Hope Fund" and the "Legacies: A Vision of Hope" comprehensive campaign.

A total of 34 institutions are being recognized for overall performance in fund raising, in 23 groupings ranging from public research/doctoral institutions, to private two-year institutions, to secondary boarding schools and elementary day schools. Hope is one of nine private liberal arts institutions being honored.

This year's award marks the tenth 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, Hope received a 2002 "Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund-Raising Award" for overall improvement.

The awards in fund raising are among recognition being presented by CASE in 40 categories in 10 general areas: advancement service, alumni relations, design, electronic media presentations, fund raising, institutional relations, new media, periodicals, publications and student recruitment marketing. In 2004, the Circle of Excellence Awards Program made 342 awards to 182 member institutions.

CASE is the largest international association of educational institutions, and serves more than 3,200 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations. CASE advances and supports educational institutions by serving as a resource for the alumni relations, communications and fund raising professionals who serve them.

Based in Silver Spring, Md., Wealth ID provides information concerning prospective donors to non-profit organizations in America and abroad.