Hopkinsville Community College took home some gold awards during the CASE District III virtual awards ceremony.
College officials said their advancement, public relations, and marketing team took home the awards in the Fundraising on a Shoestring category during the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards Thursday night. HCC was one of only three community colleges receiving an award and the only community college in District III, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, to receive a Gold Award.
According to CASE, the category won by HCC is designed for offices with limited staff, resources, and/or time. Entries should demonstrate resourcefulness and creativity by executing a fundraising initiative, activity, or event that had noteworthy, measurable outcomes.
The school’s entry highlighted the 2019–2020 annual gift campaign, which included eight short stories of student success. Following the theme of helping to clear a path to student success.
The campaign’s monetary investment was $.05 per dollar raised, or an 1804% return on the expenses invested in the endeavor, and $55,999.07 raised for the college and college foundation, with campaign expenses of $2,885.88.
The school said they were grateful for all of their Foundation Board contributing to the campaign and that foundation board members Beth Mann and Betsy Shelton helped to ignite donations by their influence. According to college administrators, COVID has revealed additional challenges for HCC students, and the college is launching its new campaign later in February.
The goals of the campaign will include securing additional support for Pathfinder Pantry, the college’s free food and hygiene staple program for students; funding for the Goode Family Student Emergency Fund, which supports students experiencing a financial crisis that could result in dropping out; and the scholarship programs of the college and foundation, including textbook scholarships that provide up to $500 a semester to students for texts and items necessary for instruction.
For more information on how to give to the current annual campaign, contact Eastham at (270) 707-3731.