North Carolina State University has raised more than $2.1 billion for scholarships, faculty support, facilities and programs through its five-year Think and Do the Extraordinary campaign, officials announced today.
The campaign, which ended on December 31, 2021, was by far the largest in the university’s history. Only 12 other public universities in the United States have closed fundraising campaigns of $2 billion or more.
The grand total of $2,103,932,120 will help fulfill NC State’s land-grant mission of creating economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for all by reaffirming its commitment to broad educational opportunity and fueling its practical innovation cutting edge as North Carolina’s leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) college.
Chancellor Randy Woodson said the success of the campus-wide campaign provides a solid foundation as NC State launches a new strategic plan. Each college and unit exceeded its fundraising goal.
“The Think and Do the Extraordinary campaign has clearly illustrated the strength of our pack and sets us up for a big and bold future,” Woodson said. “Thanks to the generosity of our friends and alumni, we can now provide our students and faculty with the tools they need to learn, grow and succeed like never before. People throughout North Carolina and beyond will benefit. »
NC State has always been supported largely by public funding through North Carolina State, but when the campaign launched publicly in October 2016, university leaders stressed that private support is critical to turn a good institution into an excellent one.
The response was record breaking for NC State. In total, more than 128,000 donors from around the world contributed to the effort, including 67,751 alumni – 29,759 of whom donated to the university for the first time.
The impact of the campaign has been enormous across its five priority areas of opportunity, purpose, places, experience and leadership.
Commitments made during the campaign to create more than 1,300 new scholarships and fellowships have already had an immediate impact on NC State. There were 104 new Distinguished Endowed Chairs created during the campaign, each aimed at helping NC State recruit and retain talented educators and researchers. The university one three first named and endowed university dean’s chairs were also among the many highlights impacting faculty.
Wilson College of Textiles joined Poole College of Management as NC State’s second named college.
Improving and expanding infrastructure was another goal. For example, Fitts-Woolard Hall, representing the largest campus building denomination in the university’s history, opened at the College of Engineering in the summer of 2020 and was officially dedicated on October 29, 2021.
Nearby on Centennial Campus is the Plant Sciences Building led by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a dynamic new structure that will allow the college to seamlessly integrate research and innovation with its partners. , is expected to open this spring. Both facilities were also buoyed by a successful statewide bond referendum.
A number of older installations also caught the eye. The Belltower Memorial, an iconic NC State monument honoring alumni who died while serving in World War I, has been rededicated as the Belltower Memorial in Henry Square – remodeled, restored and, after 100 years, completed with a complete set of 55 bells.
Existing campus-wide scholarship programs, such as Park Scholars and Caldwell Fellows, have been bolstered, along with college-specific initiatives. The Goodnight Scholars program has been expanded to include a cohort of 50 transfer students from North Carolina community colleges – one of many campaign efforts focused on widening pathways to a North Carolina state degree .
A new Extraordinary Scholarship Initiative has been launched to provide additional need-based scholarships to students in all majors. The effort, which awarded its first prizes in the spring of 2021, has already raised $10 million and continues to grow.
Awareness actions such as the Student Emergency Fund were launched or strengthened during the campaign and have become even more critical with the arrival of COVID-19, helping students pay for accommodation, food, services utilities, medication, child care and other basic needs. The Student Emergency Fund alone has raised over $1.26 million since March 2020, and thousands of students have benefited. The fund has now provided 3,228 grants (and counting) totaling $1,384,113.16 since its inception in 2018, with new support for meal plans bringing that figure to $1.5 million.
Donors also demonstrated their enthusiasm with new record Giving Day events during the campaign, despite the pandemic. The 2020 event has been pushed back from March to September to allow organizers to transition to an all-virtual format while supporting students, faculty and staff. The result was a phenomenal 8,230 giveaways totaling $23,223,425, an increase of nearly $10 million from the amount on Giving Day 2019 before the pandemic.
In March 2021, as students returned to campus and the academic calendar began to look like its normal state, NC State saw donors make an even more astonishing 14,272 donations totaling $58,103,657. Not only did this top the previous Day of Giving by a considerable margin, but it also became the highest fundraising total for a college or university in the United States, topping $42.2 million in the year. Purdue University in 2020.
Brain Sischo, vice chancellor for university advancement, said the extraordinary success of the campaign is a testament to the passion and increased engagement of the North Carolina State community as well as greater collaboration. on the campus. The results go hand in hand with the university’s strong upward trajectory, he added.
“I am touched and honored by how our pack has tirelessly shown their commitment to our success during the Think and Do the Extraordinary campaign,” Sischo said. “We have faced many challenges over the past five years, but our supporters have helped us overcome each one. This effort is truly a pivotal moment for our university and will affect countless lives for years to come.
For more information about the Think and Do the Extraordinary campaign and to learn how you can get involved in NC State’s philanthropic efforts, please visit campaign.ncsu.edu.
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