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Westfield State University receives CASE 2019 Educational Fundraising Award for overall improvement

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Westfield – Westfield State University has received a 2019 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for overall improvement, in recognition of significant program growth over a three-year period.

Ninety-eight U.S. higher education institutions received awards this year. Westfield State is among 30 institutions to earn its first Educational Fundraising Award this year—a record number since the awards were established in 1993.

Since Ramon S. Torrecilha joined the University as its 20th president in 2016, a culture of renewed philanthropy has been developed. The Westfield State Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the University, realized gifts of nearly $691,000 in Fiscal Year 2015. Over the next three years, it raised nearly $900,000 in FY16; $1.8 million in FY17 and more than $3 million in FY18. Westfield State was one of just six public comprehensive institutions with endowments under $35 million to receive this honor this year.

“Westfield State is proud to receive this national recognition for the philanthropic success we have enjoyed over the past four years,” said Dr. Torrecilha. “We are thankful for the exemplary efforts and teamwork of the Division of Institutional Advancement, led by Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Westfield State Foundation Dr. Erica Broman, and the commitment of our many constituents who support the success of students through their personal, professional, and financial contributions.”

“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 and CEO.

The Educational Fundraising Awards annually recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the CASE AMAtlas Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. CASE member institutions that have participated in the VSE for the past three years are automatically considered.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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The Westfield State Foundation was established in 1980 as a public-private partnership for raising funds to support Westfield State University. An IRS-approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, the Foundation plans initiatives and performs activities that support the University’s continuing growth and effort to change lives. The Foundation effectively raises funds and carefully manages charitable gifts for the support of the university. For more information, visit


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