More than $65 Million Raised, UNCW Campaign Completed Early

The official ending of The Campaign for UNCW: Soaring to Greatness was announced on Thursday, January 26, 2012. The campaign's $65 million goal was surpassed nearly a year ahead of the planned December 2012 conclusion.

The campaign was a comprehensive fundraising effort focused on increasing private contributions to the university in priority areas. Funds were raised in the general categories of Student Excellence, Academic Excellence, Faculty Excellence, Regional and Global
Engagement, the Annual Fund and Athletics.

The university's top priority for the campaign was to increase the number of and funding for student scholarships, and UNCW's donors indicated through their overwhelmingly generous response that they agreed. Over the course of the campaign, donors contributed
more than $29 million to create 239 new scholarships.

"Given the global impact of the economic recession, I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the success of this campaign and the clear dedication of our donors and supporters to our university." said Chancellor Gary L. Miller when announcing the completion of the campaign.

Miller stated that the planning and early fundraising for the campaign began in July 2005, led by his predecessor, Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, whom he called "a dedicated advocate for UNCW." The
final and public phase began in February 2011. At that time, UNCW had raised nearly 89% of the campaign goal, or more than $57 million. Having surpassed its final goal 11 months ahead of schedule, UNCW officially concluded the campaign on January 31, 2012.

"We have raised more than $66.5 million for UNCW - and we've done it a year ahead of schedule! What a great anniversary gift for a university that turns 65 years old this year." Chancellor Gary L. Miller