UNCW Announces Gifts, Pledges Exceeded $11.3 Million in 2013-14

Philanthropic donations and gift commitments to UNCW exceeded $11.3 million during the last fiscal year, a 19% increase over the previous year, the University announced today.

While private donations to education have increased across the country, the generosity of UNCW’s supporters outpaced national trends. According to survey results recently released by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), giving levels grew by 5.4 % during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

“We continue to be humbled by the support from thousands of donors who believe in UNCW and our mission,” said Eddie Stuart, vice chancellor of the Division for University Advancement. “Donors continue to support our efforts by directing their gifts to educate students, pursue research, promote innovation and invest in communities across Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.”

The single largest donation the university received last year was a $2.5 million endowment gift from the family of the late Gabriel William “Bill” Dobo ’51 and his late wife Barbara "Barby" Beckwith Dobo. In addition to university-wide initiatives, several campus areas saw growth in contributions, including the College of Health and Human Services, lifelong learning and athletics.

“As president of UNCW Student Ambassadors, I have had the opportunity to mingle with some of the incredible donors at various events throughout my college career,” said senior Anderson McNaull, who is double-majoring in business administration and communication studies. “These donors show nothing but generosity toward UNC Wilmington and the current students of this wonderful university. It is incredibly important that students are able to receive scholarships to help further enhance their learning experience. I have witnessed many friends receive scholarships that enabled them to study abroad, lessen the stress of financial struggles, and overall, better their lives as UNCW students. As a student and leader on campus, I have so much respect for these donors who allow for students to thrive in academic success." 

Hank Miller ’85, chair of the UNCW Foundation Board, said: “The support is there for the programs, for what we are doing as a university, and I’m excited about that. When people ride by campus, I’m not sure they realize the quality of the students we’re putting out. It is impressive.”

In March 2014, UNCW hosted the university’s first-ever 24-hour giving challenge, which raised more than $133,000, surpassing the original goal by 450%. More than half of the contributions made during the challenge were earmarked for scholarships.

“The 24-hour challenge’s success illustrates the power of collective giving,” Stuart said. “The vast majority of the gifts we received were less than $100 each. Pooled together, they made a significant difference on our campus. The fact is that gifts of all sizes count, and donors can direct their gifts to the areas where they want to have an impact.”