Sweet Briar College recently won the Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for overall performance in the category of private liberal arts institutions with endowments less than $100 million, according to a news release.
Sweet Briar has received the award twice in the past three years. In fiscal year 2018, the college raised $18 million, marking the third year in a row Sweet Briar met or exceeded its fundraising goals. Since 2015 — the year Sweet Briar was saved from a closure attempt by a previous administration through a legal settlement — the college has raised $53.7 million.
In addition, the college was honored for overall improvement in fundraising.
Institutions do not apply for the award, but are selected from among schools who submit the Voluntary Support of Education Survey, which has collected data on fundraising at North America’s educational institutions since 1957.
“We are so grateful to the alumnae and friends of the College for their continued generosity, and I am personally so thankful to the tireless efforts of our amazing team,” said Mary Pope Maybank Hutson, vice president for alumnae relations and development, said in the release. “The commitment, courage and unwavering devotion to Sweet Briar sends a strong message across America and abroad and brings great distinction to our institution.”
President Meredith Woo echoed the sentiment.
“The extraordinary efforts of our fundraising staff continue to lead Sweet Briar into the future,” Woo said in the release. “Everyone at the College is indebted to them for their hard work and dedication.”