UNC-CH raises $271M in 2008-09

Posted July 23, 2009 12:06 p.m. EDT

— Donors gave more than $271 million to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the year that ended June 30, officials announced Thursday.

The total represents UNC's second-highest fundraising year in history for money that is immediately available to the university. Another $19 million in pledges also were collected during the year.

The fundraising trails only fiscal year 2008's gift total of $301 million. UNC was in the final months of a major campaign – the Carolina First Campaign – that year.

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

Commitments in 2009 helped the university create 21 endowed professorships, as well as 86 undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. UNC had more than 75,000 donors for the year.