UNCW Honored by CASE for Overall Improvement in Fundraising

Monday, August 27, 2018

UNCW’s Division for University Advancement has been honored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for overall improvement in fundraising. The CASE award to UNCW recognizes public comprehensive institutions with endowments above $35 million that have seen success in strategies to encourage giving.

“Fundraising results are influenced by an increasingly engaged base of donors who feel strongly that UNCW is a worthwhile investment,” said Eddie Stuart, vice chancellor for university advancement. “The Advancement team is often seen by colleagues in our profession as thought leaders, and this award reflects my colleagues’ commitment to innovation and excellence, collaboration with campus leaders and partners, and strengthening donor loyalty.”

The university’s 2016-21 Strategic Plan emphasizes building UNCW’s endowment to enhance support for students and programs. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, 10,822 Seahawks, including 849 graduating students and 730 employees, made gifts and commitments totaling $15.4 million. 

The Division for University Advancement has led numerous initiatives to increase giving, including the “Chancellor’s Challenge,” established by Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, which enables students to learn how gifts of all amounts benefit current and future students, and “Give More in 24,” a 24-hour challenge that serves as a rallying point. Advancement also continually works to keep alumni connected to the university through enhanced programming and to increasingly active alumni chapters in and beyond North Carolina.

Division employees are also committed to best practices in research, reporting and donor stewardship.

-- Tricia Vance