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CASE honors Carolina’s success in fundraising

For the 10th time in the past 17 years, a national organization that supports educational advancement efforts has honored the University for its fundraising success.

Fiscal year 2009 yields
$271.25 million in gifts

Carolina’s fundraising efforts brought in $271.25 million in gifts in fiscal year 2009, representing the University’s second highest year in history for this type of support, which accounts for money that is immediately available.

In commitments for the fiscal year that ended June 30, UNC raised $290.4 million. Commitments include pledges as well as gifts.

“Our supporters have been tremendously generous,” said Matt Kupec, vice chancellor for University advancement. “Despite this being a down year for the economy, they’ve shown remarkable dedication to Carolina. That attests to their belief in Chancellor Thorp’s leadership and to what our students, faculty and staff are doing. We’re very grateful.”

Only fiscal year 2008’s gift total of $301 million tops the 2009 mark. The University was in the final months of the Carolina First Campaign that year.

In announcing the award to the Board of Trustees on July 23, Chancellor Holden Thorp pointed out that no other university – public or private – could match that record.

Carolina received a 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising in the category of “Overall Performance.” CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) works with educational institutions to enhance their alumni relations, communications and development efforts.

The CASE awards are based on the analysis of a panel of peer institution judges who evaluate three years of fundraising data supplied by each school. Institutions do not apply for the awards. Judging is blind and completely data-driven.

In 2009, 1,029 higher education institutions were eligible for consideration for a CASE award. An independent data analyst narrowed the field to 450 colleges and universities. Of those, 66 higher education institutions won an award (40 in overall performance and 29 in overall improvement, with three of those winning both).

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