Carolina Posts Second-Highest Year in Donations
In one of the worst economic years on record, UNC’s fundraising efforts brought in $271.25 million in gifts in
fiscal year 2009 — the second-highest year
in history for this type of support.
This represents money that is immediately available for use. In commitments —
which include pledges as well as gifts —
$290.4 million was raised for the year,
which ended June 30.
Highlights from the latest year include:
; $666,000 from Sallie Shuping-Russell
’ 77, a trustee, to fund a course starting this
fall featuring active writers who will hold
Distinguished Visiting Professorships in the
creative writing program. (A matching grant
from the N.C. Distinguished Professors
Endowment Trust will raise the gift’s value to
; Several gifts that, with state matching
funds, have created a $21.5 million endowment to double the number of honors program students. Ten percent of entering students will be invited into the program.
; A $4.5 million grant from the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation that, with another
$2.76 million in University funding, supports graduate students in English and comparative literature, history, philosophy, and
religious studies by endowing a Mellon
Graduate Fellowship Program.
; $22.9 million from the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation for a new project to improve the reproductive health of the urban
poor in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
; A matching grant program created by
the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to expand the
Carolina College Advising Corps and
enable more North Carolina high school
seniors to realize the goal of attending college. Up to $210,000 will support high
schools as the corps enters its third year
helping low-income, first-generation and
; Commitments that helped UNC
create 21 endowed professorships and 86
undergraduate scholarships and graduate
Carolina had more than 75,000 donors
for the year.
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The new annual tuition totals are
$3,945 for North Carolinians and $21,753
for those from out of state.
As a proactive step, UNC began operating in March on a 5 percent budget cut.
In April, Gov. Beverly Perdue approved
an executive order that established a flexible furlough plan for state employees. University employees saw reductions in pay,
taken from employees’ base pay, for May
and June. The furlough plan applied to
part- and full-time nonfaculty employees,
UNC faculty, postdoctoral research associates and temporary employees; student
workers were not included.
UNC also eliminated the position of
vice chancellor for public service and
engagement. It had been held by Michael
Smith ’ 78 (JD), who continues as dean of
the School of Government.
The UNC System and the N.C. General Assembly wanted cuts made in the
campuses’ centers and institutes. Besides the
research centers, Carolina sustained cuts
averaging 17 percent in those reporting to
the provost. According to Carol Tresolini,
associate provost for academic initiatives,
the hardest hit were the Center for Developmental Science, the Center for the Study
of the American South, the Women’s Center, the Hunt Institute for Educational
Leadership and Policy, the Center for Public Service, the Ackland Art Museum, the
N.C. Botanical Garden and the Friday
Center for Continuing Education.
The popular APPLES student-run
service learning program will no longer
stand on its own but has become a program in the Center for Public Service in
an effort to cut $100,000.
The Renaissance Computing Institute,
which applies computing and other technologies to real-world problems and has
locations at six North Carolina campuses,
lost 18 staff members and four contractors.
“It’s unbelievable the value the centers
and institutes provide to the state of North
Carolina,” said Tony Waldrop’ 74, vice
chancellor for research and economic
development, “the tremendous return on
None of the centers is expected to have
to shut down as a result of these cuts, but
the longer term impact remains to be seen.
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