Giving to UNCW Sets Record, Tops $14.9 Million in Fiscal Year 2015-16

Thursday, July 21, 2016

WILMINGTON, NC (July 21, 2016) – Donors contributed more than $14.9 million to the University of North Carolina Wilmington during fiscal year 2015-16, setting a single-year record, the university announced today. The contributions 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 total raised represents a 27.3 percent increase in giving over the previous year and includes 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.

The university consistently achieves national recognition for the quality of its programs, the chancellor noted. During fiscal year 2015-16, which ended June 30, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNCW 6th among regional public universities (16th overall) on its “Best Colleges, 2016 Edition,” while The Princeton Review named UNCW a “Best Southeastern” school. The Education Trust ranked the university 8th on its list of most impressive graduation rate gains, and Open Doors® ranked UNCW 7th among master’s-level institutions in the number of students studying abroad.

Numerous UNCW faculty members also received state, regional and national recognition for teaching, research and leadership; the university was named a top military-friendly school; and several Seahawk sports teams enjoyed strong seasons.

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our strategic plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with more than 15,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice.