UNCW Publicly Launches $100 Million Campaign

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has raised $86 million to date as part of a multi-year fundraising campaign to support students, faculty, programs and facilities, the university announced today. Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW seeks to enrich and expand upon what makes the university one of a kind.
“This is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history, with a goal of building upon the many characteristics that make UNCW unique,’” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “We have been overjoyed at the response from our alumni and donors in helping us pursue a goal that will enable UNCW to continue offering programs and experiences that truly set it apart – like no other.”
The university began counting gifts toward the campaign’s goal of $100 million on July 1, 2015, under Chancellor Sartarelli’s leadership. Leading campaign gifts to date include: a $10 million gift commitment from alumnus David Congdon ’78, and his wife, Helen, to establish the David S. Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems, supporting these programs within the Cameron School of Business; and a $5 million gift from Quality Chemical Laboratories and founder Dr. Yousry Sayed, along with his wife, Linda, to support the development of new programs related to pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry.
Engaging more alumni in the life of the university through philanthropy is another goal of Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW. Every gift, no matter its size or the area it supports, counts toward the campaign’s participation goal of 50,000 alumni gifts while helping to transform the lives of students and faculty. Investments during this campaign will also help UNCW produce local, statewide and global solutions, driving progress in areas like health care; education; sustainability; and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Among the newest programs that make UNCW “Like No Other” is the bachelor’s degree in coastal engineering, the first of its kind in the nation. The program, within the College of Arts and Sciences, illustrates how UNCW is uniquely poised to leverage its location, scholarly expertise and facilities to inform discovery and change.
In a little more than 70 years, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has grown from a local college to an internationally recognized university. With the generous support of our alumni, donors and friends, UNCW is primed to build on its reputation of academic excellence, scholarly research and community engagement.
“As alumni and longtime supporters, the members of our Foundation Board are deeply committed to advancing the students, faculty, programs and facilities that make UNCW like no other,” said Chair Donis N. Smith ’86, ’94M. “We invite our fellow Seahawks and the community to join us in championing The Campaign for UNCW.”
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--Tricia Vance