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AAVMC Establishes Institutional Award for FundraisingExcellence in Student Scholarships

Washington, D.C., August 15, 2018–The AAVMC has created an annual award to inspire and recognize professional excellence and achievement in fundraising for student scholarships among member institutions. The AAVMC Award for Fundraising Excellence in Student Scholarships will consist of a $1,000 honorarium and a commemorative. It will be presented in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP).

“Creating this award is part of our strategic interest in helping advance the Veterinary Debt Initiative,” said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, noting that the award

  • Is exclusively focused on scholarship resource development and is not intended to recognize comprehensive program excellence in fundraising. “Increasing the amount of scholarship resources available for students in our member institutions is a viable strategy for creating a more financially sustainable operating environment for our students and recent graduates.”
  • All resources considered within the award program must be non-public sector resources (private, corporate and foundation gifts) specifically earmarked for student scholarships. Planned vs. actual gifts will be officially recognized based upon established standards in professional fundraising.

    Development programs within any AAVMC member institutions are welcome to participate in this recognition program and the performance window evaluated will conform with the calendar year prior to the year in which the honor is awarded. The nomination period for the inaugural award will run from January 1-March 31, 2019.

    To ensure equal opportunities for all institutions regardless of staff size and scope of program, judges will evaluate qualitative data which details new and innovative strategies for increased productivity in this area, program goals and implementation, resources applied (human and otherwise), and results. More detailed information relative to the award will be announced later in the year.

    The new award will complement the AAVMC Communications Excellence Award, which was established in 2013, and more fully express the AAVMC’s broader goal of encouraging excellence in institutional advancement among member colleges and schools.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.