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Palmer College Wins 2024 Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

CASE awards celebrate outstanding achievements in educational advancement

(DAVENPORT, Iowa) – The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently announced the recipients of its 2024 Circle of Excellence Awards. Palmer College of Chiropractic, headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, received the Silver Circle of Excellence Award for its multi-year campaign “Daring and Driven: The Campaign for Palmer College.”

“It’s an incredibly meaningful honor,” says Barbara Melbourne, J.D., Palmer’s vice chancellor for institutional advancement. “The award speaks to the countless hours of committed work carried out by Palmer staff and the boundless generosity of our alumni and friends.”

Daring and Driven: The Campaign for Palmer College – the largest campaign ever undertaken by a chiropractic college – was an unmitigated success, shattering records and energizing the College’s more than 31,000 alumni. The multi-year campaign concluded with $30.2 million raised and nearly 1,200 new donors reached.

“What a success story for Palmer College, which, before the campaign, had .8% alumni participation, a deficient database, and no fundraising staff,” explained one of the competition judges. “How can we not all be reminded of what can be accomplished through a systematic approach, strategic advanced planning, sheer optimism, and unrelenting effort?”

CASE’s Circle of Excellence Awards are the premier recognition program for educational advancement. These peer-selected and adjudicated awards celebrate colleges, universities and schools worldwide whose talented staff have advanced their institutions with resourcefulness and ingenuity.

This year, volunteer judges from CASE’s membership reviewed more than 4,200 entries from 28 countries and selected 486 exemplary entries for bronze, silver, gold and grand gold recognition across multiple categories. Winners are chosen for overall quality, innovation, use of resources, and the impact on the institution or its communities, such as alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff.