Empathy and Nostalgia for North Carolina Central University Increases Alumni Donations During COVID-19

Posted December 16, 2020, 9:01AM

This year, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) alumni and supporters celebrated the university’s 110th anniversary during Homecoming with events that enhanced the spirit of giving.

Approximately 756 alumni who graduated in years ending in ’5 and ’0 celebrated their class reunions during Homecoming and demonstrated support with contributions that totaled in $2 million.

“NCCU is extremely grateful for the continuous support of donors – during this unprecedented time donor support is essential,” said Gia Soublet, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “These donations will address the most urgent needs of the university and provide support for students experiencing financial hardship.”

For sports fans, giving to the Department of Athletics was an important aspect of the celebration, with 896 university supporters donating $228,777 to the Virtual Homecoming Stadium Sellout. An anonymous donor contributed a single gift of $25,000 to the fundraising campaign.

The initiative is the first phase of the department’s #NCCUStrongerTogether giving campaign in support of student-athletes, both to lessen the financial impact of the pandemic and ensure a championship experience.

Celebrating their 45th class reunion, alumni from the Class of 1975 donated the largest amount of all reunion classes, totaling $798,500 in gifts to the university.

Overall, the Society of Golden Eagles, comprised of alumni graduating 50 years ago or more, contributed $595,000. In addition, the following reunion classes made significant contributions to NCCU:

  • Class of 1970: $156,402
  • Class of 1980: $96,594
  • Class of 1995: $71,894
  • Class of 2005: $78,150

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