Award recognizes Phillips Academy’s fundraising success

by Neil C Evans

July 6, 2017

Sam Phil—Exceptional performance in fundraising has earned Phillips Academy distinction from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). A recipient of the 2017 CASE Excellence in Educational Fundraising Award, Andover was named among the nation’s top performing schools, colleges and universities.

The honor is based on analysis of three years of fundraising data supplied annually to the Council for Aid to Education. Andover entered fiscal year 2017 on the heels of a record-breaking 2016. Attracting $54.2 million in new gifts and pledges between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, Andover’s historic year included support from alumni, parents and the extended community. Included in that total was $37.4 million in cash and a record $12 million for the Andover Fund, the school’s critical source of annual support for students, faculty and programs.

Thom Lockerby, secretary of the academy, attributed the CASE honor to several factors, including a foundation of loyal alumni and parents, school leadership articulating a clear vision and, most notably, a high performing Office of Academy Resources team. “From individuals in development and alumni engagement to communications and information services, each member of OAR has contributed to a culture of advancement that is second to none,” he said. “This award highlights the commitment of thousands of donors who are inspired to give by our incredible students and faculty.”

As Andover closes the fiscal year, all indications point to another exceptional finish in terms of financial support and donor participation. Building on the momentum of recent years, Andover is well-positioned for its next major initiative—the launch of a comprehensive campaign effort this coming fall.