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UNCW takes in record $15 million in donations

Published: Jul. 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Donors contributed nearly $15 million to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, setting a single-year record.

Officials said the donations will support students, faculty, programs and facilities.

"UNCW's fundraising success is a product of the university's growing profile and the excellence we constantly strive to achieve in academics, athletics and community engagement," said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. "I sincerely appreciate our donors' generosity. Their support will help our university continue to provide a diverse, student-focused learning experience that emphasizes integrity, innovation and opportunities for a global education."

The $14,918,006 raised represents a 27.3 percent increase in giving over the previous year. The record-setting total included several major donations for student scholarships, as well as athletic facility improvements for softball, baseball, and men's basketball.

"UNCW has an enthusiastic and loyal donor base that is growing. Our institutional direction is encouraging, and alumni and donors are starting to sense real momentum," said Eddie Stuart, vice chancellor for University Advancement. "The energy within the UNCW community inspired people who were considering a gift to contribute or to increase their support for the university."

The university's strategic plan emphasizes building strong donor support to fund key initiatives, and 2015-16 saw a significant increase in the number of people choosing to give toward those priorities.

Overall, the university received 15,669 gifts, half of them less than $50 each. The number of faculty and staff contributions increased by 16 percent over the 2014-15 fiscal year, while membership in the UNCW Society, which recognizes people who contribute $250 or more, increased by 12 percent. The number of alumni donors increased by 3 percent.
 
Faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends of UNCW also stepped up to a 24-hour giving challenge, which raised $275,964 from 1,239 donors.

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