UHD's Fundraising Program Recognized
University Is First-Time Winner of CASE Award
By Sheryl E. Taylor
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has recognized the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) for exceptional fundraising programs with the 2019 CASE Educational Fundraising Award for endowments over $35 Million in the category of public comprehensive institutions.
UHD is among a record number of institutions being recognized for the first time since the awards were established in 1993.
“The UHD Here We Go campaign has inspired donors to contribute to programs and initiatives that are strengthening UHD and preparing us to support future generations of students,” said Johanna Wolfe, vice president of Advancement & University Relations. “We are grateful to CASE for this recognition and to the donors that made it possible. This is one more indication that UHD is recognized as a significant provider of higher education resources in the Greater Houston region.”
As a first-time winner, UHD is among a select group of more than 90 colleges and universities, across the United States, receiving awards this year. The University is being recognized for Overall Improvement, based on blind analysis of three years of fundraising data submitted to CASE’s AMAtlas Voluntary Support of Education Survey. Experienced educational fundraisers review the survey data to determine the following awards:
- Overall Performance: For colleges and universities that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.
- Overall Improvement: For colleges and universities that demonstrate significant program growth across the three years of data.
“These institutions have not only demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in their fundraising efforts, they have contributed to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide by serving as a model to which others can aspire,” said Sue Cunningham, CASE President & CEO.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.