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Alumni Increased Spirit of Giving During 2015 Homecoming

(From L to R ): Chancellor Debra Saunders-White, Class of 1975 members, NCCU Board of Trustees Chairman Mr. George R. Hamilton, Class of 1977

North Carolina Central University received a record number of alumni gifts during the 2015 Ultimate Homecoming Experience as donors responded generously to the “Every Eagle. Every Year.” campaign.

More than 1,061 alumni showed their support through contributions during Homecoming with the total growing to just over $1 million and setting the record for the most donors ever during the weekend festivities.

“The increase in alumni contributions to the university during Homecoming signals significant momentum in support of this year’s ‘Every Eagle. Every Year.’ campaign,” said Harriet F. Davis, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “We are extremely appreciative to our alumni who recognize the importance of supporting the university.”

Homecoming festivities brought alumni back to NCCU to participate in activities hosted by NCCU's Division of Institutional Advancement and Office of Alumni Relations. The NCCU alumni concert featuring R&B artist Jeffrey Osborne
and saxophonist Michael Phillips was a sold-out event.

Participation in “Every Eagle. Every Year.” came from alumni of all ages throughout the weekend of Homecoming. Individuals celebrating class reunions this year played a large part in elevating the giving numbers, with so many giving a gift through “Every Eagle. Every Year.”

The following three reunion classes have the highest contributions and participation rates:
• Society of Golden Eagles: Class of 1925 – 1964 ($619,082) – 31 percent class member participation
• Class of 1965, the "Golden Class" ($124,021) – 57 percent class member participation
• Class of 1975 ($186,179) – 35 percent class member participation

NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White hosted a special Donor Tailgate celebration for members of the Shepard Society and above. More than 460 donors make up the Shepard Society.

During the last fiscal year, alumni giving participation climbed to 15 percent, a 3 percent increase over fiscal year 2013-2014. NCCU received $2.1 million in gifts donated by alumni during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015. With a great network of alumni across the nation, the “Every Eagle. Every Year.” campaign is projected to be a success again this year.

NCCU is currently enhancing its culture of philanthropy. The university’s strength and status as a global, premier institution is partly attributed to the engagement of alumni through giving. As NCCU’s campus continues to grow, students will benefit from the support of donors. To give to the “Every Eagle. Every Year.” Campaign, visit http://everyeagleeveryyear.org/

 

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