UNC-CH sets fourth straight record

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Donors to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill handed over $250.8 million in fiscal 2007, up from $239 million last year to set the school’s fourth straight record for private gifts received.

Those contributions came from about 100,000 donors, also a record, the school says.

Donations for the year, which ended June 30, were enough to create 18 endowed professorships and 114 scholarships for undergrads and fellowships for graduate students.

Notable 2007 gifts include a record $50 million from Dennis and Joan Gillings in support of the School of Public Health and $21.3 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for drug development.

The successes of 2007 pushed the school’s Carolina First fundraising campaign to $2.2 billion in gifts and commitments, exceeding the $2 billion goal.

The campaign, which will end Dec. 31, has funded 199 endowed professorships and 717 scholarships and fellowships to date.

More than $781 million of the total raised so far has come from alumni, with corporations and foundations kicking in $839 million and the remainder coming from friends of the school.

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