2018 Fundraising Results


proud Seahawks

made gifts and commitments totaling

$15.4 million

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 to the following areas:

Two female students on bridge by Leutze Lake with Clock Tower in background


College of Arts & Sciences


Watson College of Education


Cameron School of Business


College of Health & Human Services


Seahawk Club/
UNCW Athletics


Other University Areas

Philanthropy enhances the success of all Seahawks and is a true investment in those who live, learn and work here. The stories and figures below illustrate how UNCW donors continue to help our university reach new heights.

Thank you for making this year amazing!

Gifts in Action

Jordan Johnson
Donors provide students with learning experiences beyond the classroom.

"I know when I leave this school, I will have the tools to be a global citizen — and I'm going to use them." Jordan Johnson '18
Brad Heath speaking at Commencement
Alumni give to strengthen programs and their involvement influences rankings in U.S. News & World Report.

Brad Heath '96, '07M is one of 4,069 alumni donors who make UNCW degrees more valuable.
WCE student in Belize holding smiling child
In the last 18 months, more than $20,000 was contributed to student-led fundraising projects.

With the help of UNCW donors, education majors Kayla Wynne '17 and Jordan Hall '17 managed a successful crowdfunding campaign for children in Belize.
Manny Lloyd
"When you have a support system, it helps everything else fall in place." Robin Smith '18

Scholarship donors served in that role for 628 students who received awards this academic year.
Group of UNCW students smiling
1,344 donors rallied during UNCW's fifth annual "Give More in 24" Challenge.

You proved that when Seahawks come together, anything is possible!
Taniesha Young with Sammy C. Hawk and UNCW colleague
The generosity of 730 employee donors demonstrates that our students and programs are a worthy investment.

"UNCW helped shape me into the person I am today. And now, as a staff member, I want to give back to future Seahawks." Taniesha Young '15, Admissions Coordinator


Growing by Leaps and Bounds


$5,572,647 contributed...

Clocktower Society members, like Daniella Murray '15M, are recognized for giving to UNCW for three or more consecutive years. Read how her "small way of giving" has a huge impact.

Clocktower Society Honor Roll


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   148%    increase...

Seahawk Club membership has risen since 2014, and it's inspiring the growth of our student-athletes by providing support for scholarships, academic services and facility improvements.

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UNCW columns

Now honoring 2,979...

UNCW Society members have contributed $250 or more during this past fiscal year. This premier annual giving society has grown 40% since its inception in 2014.

UNCW Society Honor Roll

A Great Investment

Leaving a Legacy

Wilmington Society and E.L. White Society members are UNCW's greatest investors.

Play Video button Hear from George Barnes '82, a Wilmington Society member who created a scholarship for nursing students to honor his late wife.

Read about Courtney Poland '15, '18M, one of more than 125 students who has benefitted from the James E.L. Wade Scholarship since 1988.

Realizing a Strong Return

Donors often share that they invest in UNCW because they believe their gifts will have a greater impact than at other institutions. We agree and are committed to being exceptional stewards of their generosity.

In fiscal year 2018, for every state dollar spent on fundraising operations in university advancement, $7.48 was raised — a 648% ROI.

Enduring Gratitude

In 2017, UNCW's endowment (PDF) grew by 9%, totaling almost $92 million. Contributions to UNCW's endowments are the most enduring investments in our mission. Through a strong rate of return, we were able to distribute $3.5 million in support.


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Gifts of All Sizes Make a Difference


Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli riding a UNCW bicycle

"The gift, whatever its size, will make a huge difference to new generations of Seahawks." Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli


Gifts of $100 or less added up to provide support for academic and athletic programs, campus life initiatives, scholarships and more.

View Donor Honor Roll


Collectively, 849 graduating students, with an average gift of $20.18, participated in the Chancellor's Challenge.

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Tuition and fees cover about 30% of UNCW's budget; donors mean the difference between a good education and an exceptional one. 

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