Institutional Awards

In an effort to simplify the entry process, each award category is listed only once. Please note that some award categories may apply to more than one area of advancement, so be sure to scan through the list of categories to find those that are relevant to your specific discipline. The entry fee is $45 per submission.

The submission period is now closed. 

Eligible submissions

All entries must have been created between July 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.

Instructions for submitting an Institutional Award entry:

Select one of the categories listed at the left to get started. Once you are logged into your desired category, you will be asked to complete the following steps.

1. Entry Details
    a. Confirm your institution
2. Entry Information
    a. Complete all required questions, 3000 character limit, can save and return to complete later
3. Link to your work (this is a new process)
    a. Include a link to your work online (HTML, PDF, etc.). This is a change from previous years in an effort to help the judging process. It also allows CASE District VI to include the link to winners' work when awards are announced.
4. Entry Preview
    a. Not able to make changes after clicking "Submit Final"
5. Submit Final to make payment and enter program
    a. Pay Now: use if only entering one
    b. Pay All: if completing last entry and want to pay for group
    c. Pay Later: if entering more than one and want to make one payment for all

Already started the award process? Click here to view all your entries and complete the payment process

Issues submitting your entry? Contact

Questions about the District VI Institutional Awards program? Contact Clayton Melinkovich at

Good luck and thanks for taking time to showcase your work!

Award Categories

Click on an award category to view descriptions and submit entries. Submissions must be made between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Advancement Services
• Overall Operations
• Donor Relations

Alumni Relations Programs
• Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Involvement
• Diversity Programs
• Regular Alumni Programs
• Programming for Special Constituencies
• New Program Initiatives
• Student Alumni Initiatives
• Marketing and Branding
• Community College Alumni Relations

• Single-Page Publications
• Multi-Page Publications/Folders
• Periodicals
• Calendars
• Covers
• Books
• Posters
• Editorial Design
• Illustrations
• Invitations
• Specialty Pieces

Digital Communications
• Best Uses of Social Media
• Websites
      • Complete Institutional Website
      • Individual Sub-Website
• Mobile Applications
• Innovative Use of Technology
      • Alumni Relations
      • Fundraising
      • Public Relations and Marketing

Fundraising Programs
• Annual Giving Programs
• Principal or Major Giving Programs
• Comprehensive Campaigns
• Donor Relations and Stewardship

• General Interest Magazines
• Special Constituency Magazines
• Independent School Magazines
• Community College Magazines
• Annual Magazines
• Special Issues
• Magazine Publishing Improvement

• Department or Unit Branding Programs
• Institution-Wide Branding Programs
• Visual Identity Systems
• Advertising
• Individual Photograph
• Student Recruitment Publications
      • Publications Packages
      • Viewbook and Prospectuses
      • Individual Publications


• Institutional Relations Publications
      • President's Reports and Annual Reports (Print)
      • Research Publications
• Fundraising Publications
      • Case Statements/General Cultivation Publications
      • Annual Reports and Fund Reports
      • Individual Fundraising Publications
      • Fundraising Publications Packages
• Individual In-House Print Publications
• External Audience Tabloid and Newsletters
      • Print
      • Digital
• Internal Audience Publications
      • Print
      • Digital

Special Events
• Single Day
• Multi-Day
• Year-Long

Strategic Communications
• Issues & Crisis Management
• Public Relations and Community Relations Projects
• Media Relations Programs and Projects
• Advocacy Campaigns

• General Information Videos
      • Short Videos
      • Long Videos
• Fundraising Videos
      • Short Videos
      • Long Videos
• Recruitment Videos
      • Short Videos
      • Long Videos
• PSAs and Commercial Spots

• Excellence in News Writing
      • General News Writing
      • Research, Medicine, and Science News Writing
• Periodical Staff Writing

Platinum Categories
• Best Practices in Advancement Services Programs
• Best Practices in Fundraising
• Best Practices in Fundraising Campaigns
• Best Practices in Alumni Relations
• Best Practices in Communications and Marketing
• Best Articles of the Year