University Advancement

Fundraising at UNCW

Few vehicles have the opportunity to impact the life of the university like charitable giving. University Advancement seeks to create philanthropic opportunities for our many alumni and friends. By engaging individuals, businesses, foundations and others in the lives of Seahawks, we create meaningful philanthropic partnerships that help our global community. 

Fundraising at UNCW is donor-centered. Donors are encouraged to give to the areas that are most important to them. To support this, thousands of funds have been created at the university to collect and distribute gifts from our donors. Most of these funds are searchable on the university's online gift form.

Example of searching for a fund to support:

Selecting an area to support on donation form 


An endowment is a long-term investment that creates financial stability, allowing the university to plan using predictable sources of revenue. At UNCW, endowments are established to support students, faculty, programs and facilities. They are managed by the university and the UNCW Foundation, Inc, who works each year with the Board of Trustees to review the spending policy payout rate for the upcoming fiscal year. 

If you are interested in endowments, please look at the Fundraising Contacts on the righthand side of this page to identify the staff member who works with the area you would like to support. You can also find out more about UNCW endowment investments and recent reports on the university's giving website.

Volunteer Groups & Advocacy Boards

University Advancement offers faculty, staff, alumni, donors, corporations and foundations numerous opportunities to get involved with UNCW. We work closely with many of the university’s leadership volunteer organizations to provide support for students, faculty and programs at UNCW. 

Review the group's webpages linked below to see upcoming events that may provide a good opportunity to share the work going on in your department. Perhaps a faculty member has published a new book he or she could read, or several students have created research posters that are the same theme as an event. Please share your ideas with the Events & Boards team