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2017 Fundraising Results


Every gift, of every size, helps UNCW achieve its strategic priorities.

Fundamentally, gifts to UNCW provide opportunities and resources that cannot be covered by state funding, tuition and fees. Philanthropy is more than just dollars and cents. The collection of stories, articles and videos on this site demonstrates the lasting and profound effect of investing in UNCW.



Attract and retain the best and the brightest


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Donors who support scholarships and professorships help UNCW attract world-renowned faculty and the brightest students.

During the 2016-2017 year, more than 600 UNCW students received scholarshipsvideo popup  Dr. Robert Smith was the newest faculty member to receive one of 16 distinguished professorships.

Enhance learning experiences and advance research



Gifts to academic programs provide undergraduate research supplies, software programs, conference travel and other opportunities for entrepreneurs like Mary Jaskowiak ’17 who won $10,000 to conduct important environmental research.

Our faculty are committed to providing students with experiences  video popup  that enable them to think critically and give them the confidence they need to succeed in the workforce. Donors help make this possible.

Enable and nurture a student-centered community that positions students for success after graduation


Laura Rojas

Gifts to the Parent Opportunity Fund, Student Affairs Support Fund and other campus life programs ensure students have enriching lives – both personally and professionally. Field experiences, internships and the Cameron Executive Network mentorship program  video popup  are just a few of the donor-supported opportunities that help prepare students for success.

“I have integrated experiences from student organizations, campus jobs, internships and student life to make my unique place here.” 
Read why Laura Rojas ’17 says ‘UNCW is much more than a place to go to class and learn.’

Engage in partnerships that will enrich the region and the world


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Gifts to UNCW extend far beyond campus. Today’s donors help cultivate tomorrow’s global citizens by providing funding for study abroad and annual events like iWeek. video popup

Community engagement, service and philanthropy have always been important Seahawk values. Every year, donors inspire our UNCW community to give back. See how UNCW student athletes  video popup  and student veterans paid it forward this year.

Find meaningful ways to inspire alumni, friends and others to invest in our mission


In May 2017, UNCW announced the largest outright gift by a corporate donor. The Sayeds’ historic commitment reflects the generous spirit that exists among the Seahawk community.

Give More in 24

During UNCW’s 4th annual Give More in 24 Challenge, a record-breaking 1,374 donors made a gift in just 24 hours. The day was a catalyst, inspiring 3,867 alumni to donate this year.

Employee Campaign

Approximately 39% of employees  video popup  made a gift to UNCW — the Class of 2016-2017 made history (PDF) with over 700 graduates participating in the valued tradition of giving back.



No matter the size, every gift helps build a greater UNCW.

Learn more about UNCW’s Strategic Plan

View all who have inspired us
on the 2016-2017 Honor Roll of Donors

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