RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Despite the economic downturn, UNC-Chapel Hill has just completed its second-best year of private fundraising. Donors made gifts to to the state's flagship university totalling $287.4 million, according to the university, surpassing the previous record of $277 million.
For the year ended June 30, commitments were also up to $331.4 million, from $305.6 million for an 8 percent increase.
“This is a remarkable show of support,” said Matt Kupec, vice chancellor for university advancement, in a university announcement. “It’s a testament to our donors’ belief in what we’re doing for our students, our state and our world. We’re very grateful.”
Examples of the gifts and commitments include a $2.5 million gift from Fred Eshelman to expand the Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s research programs, a $1 million commitment from alumnus Nelson Schwab III that will initially provide $50,000 a year to benefit faculty in fine arts, humanities and humanistic social sciences departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, and an $850,000, three-year grant from The Duke Endowment that will allow the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health in the School of Medicine to integrate primary care into its mental health-care programs for residents of Orange, Person and Chatham counties.
More information on the range of gifts is available at www.unc.edu.