Norfolk Academy Receives National Award for Fundraising

Norfolk Academy has been recognized with a 2018 CASE Educational Fundraising Award, an honor given each year to superior fundraising programs at educational institutions across the country.

The award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, which is the premier international organization for advancement professionals at educational institutions, includes the school’s success with its largest campaign; Defining Leadership: The Campaign for 2028 transformed the campus and exceeded its $65 million goal with a final total of $67.5 million.

The award recognizes a school for achieving the “highest levels of professionalism and best practice in its fundraising efforts”; schools submit three years of fundraising data for analysis by a judging panel. The awards are given to public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, and independent schools, in categories based on the size of a school’s endowment; Norfolk Academy was one of only two schools honored in its category—independent schools with endowments up to 100 million.

The award is a significant achievement for Norfolk Academy’s Development Office. The three-year period of fundraising included a transition at the helm of that office; Herb Soles led the office until his retirement in June 2016, after a long career in independent schools; he served as a consultant as Dr. Grayson Bryant stepped into the role of Assistant Headmaster for Development in July 2016, as Defining Leadership: The Campaign for 2028 was underway. Development staff include:

  • Néné Dougherty, Director of Donor Stewardship
  • Gigi Tysinger, Director of Advancement Services and The Academy Fund
  • Ruth Acra, Director of Alumni Relations
  • Page Sykes, Gifts Manager
  • Kelly Becker, Development Assistant

During the period of the award, others who have left the Development Office contributed. Beau Walker, who retired in 2016, served as Director of Planned Giving; Tim LaVigne, who started this year in the the role of P.E. teacher in the Lower School, led the Academy Fund; and Toy Savage, who has returned to full-time teaching in the Middle School and our Savage Chronicles blogger, was serving as Director of Planned Giving.

“I consider this award a great honor for our school,” said Headmaster Dennis Manning. “It demonstrates the professional expertise of our staff in the Development Office, and it reflects the unstinting commitment and passion of our entire Norfolk Academy family—alumni, grandparents, parents, faculty, staff, and students—for this school and its mission.”