The CASE District V Board created the Venture Fund in 2014 as a means to support fresh and innovative programming ideas. The Venture Fund supports professional development and networking opportunities organized by advancement professionals at member institutions.


The Venture Fund

  • A total of $50,000 is available for granting in 2018.
  • Applications are reviewed bi-annually by a committee made up of advancement professionals from the district.
  • Grants of $500 to $5,000 are available.
  • The 1st application deadline this year is February 15, 2018 with funding available NET April 15, 2018.
  • The 2nd application deadline this year is August 15, 2018 with funding available NET October 15, 2018.

Why professional development?

  • Invest in yourself and in your colleagues.
  • In tight economic times, this is a benefit that you can provide to your staff even if you can’t offer raises or promotions. Retain your best people!
  • Good programs mean you and your colleagues will be doing better work.
  • Professional development offers an opportunity to refresh yourself and think bigger thoughts. Recharge your batteries!

Grant goals

  • Grow our network of colleagues and ultimately enhance our annual round-table discussions.
  • Provide much-needed training at a time when the Advancement field faces the challenges of a new financial landscape and more informed and deliberate donor behaviors.
  • Offer a specific and valuable training opportunity at minimal cost in a local area where lengthy travel is often required for staff development.

Consider the possibilities

  • Do you want to create a networking group of advancement professionals at other institutions, but lack funding to get it off the ground? 
  • Have you and a few colleagues wanted to bring in a nationally recognized speaker for a cross-institution professional development program, but lacked the resources to make it happen?
  • Have you wanted to hold a mini-conference on a topic that isn’t covered at the annual district conferences?

The Venture Fund grant process

  • Review the award criteria listed below
  • Complete the on-line application NLT the published deadline
  • Applications are reviewed by the Venture Fund Committee and presented to the District V Executive Committee for final approval
  • Grant recipients contacted and awards announced
  • Grant recipients will market their activities independently of CASE
  • Grant recipients will recognize the support from the CASE V Venture Fund in all of their marketing materials for this activity.
  • Grant recipients will complete their activity within 12 months of notification of award
  • Within 30 days of the activity, grant recipients will submit a written final report. See below for more details
  • Grant payment will be made to the sponsoring institution after receipt and approval of the final report
  • Any net revenue (profit) generated through this activity will be returned to CASE V for reinvestment in the Venture Fund


  • Successful applications will most likely meet some of the following criteria:
  • Impact on a number of CASE V professionals
  • Collaboration of CASE V member institutions
  • Programs that do not replicate existing programs offered by CASE V, to include the annual conference
  • Comprehensive budget including justification of the need for funding
  • Identified need and desired outcomes including correlation to CASE International and District V priorities

The Venture Fund is:

Available for members from all District V institutions, large and small, urban and rural, public and private.

The Venture Fund is not:

A way to pay tuition for existing classes or participation in a program that just one CASE V member is attending.

What does CASE V expect from you?

  • Grant winners are expected to file a final report detailing the use and impact of funds within 30 days of completion of the activity.
  • This report will include the number of participants, names of participating institutions, an event summary, a final budget and all marketing materials.
  • Grant payment will be made after receipt and review of the final report.


Contact the Chairman of the Venture Fund, Sue Frost, at