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UNCG reaches goal early; campaign continues

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has passed the $100 million goal for its five-year Students First Campaign a year early but will continue the drive through June 30, 2009.

The campaign, which began July 1, 2004, was launched with a $78 million goal, a mark increased to $100 million in September 2006.

Since the start of the campaign, UNCG’s endowment has grown to $184 million from $122.8 million, according to the latest audit of the university’s investment funds.

To date, the campaign has created 14 new professorships, 168 new undergraduate scholarships, 38 new graduate scholarships and 145 program endowments and student awards programs.

UNCG has received gifts of $52 million toward a goal of $66.26 million for student support.

That goal includes $61.31 million for undergraduate and graduate scholarships, $3.8 million for international education, and $1.15 million for the “Communication
Across the Curriculum” program.

Other key elements addressed by the campaign are:

* Attracting and retaining excellent faculty, with $11.3 million raised. The goal was $10.14million. The target includes $4.6 million for Excellence Professorships; $2.84
million for faculty development; $1.7 million for Jackson Library; and $1million for guest artists and lectures

*Building an exceptional learning environment, with $27.7 million raised

*Research and service support, with $4.1 million raised toward a $7.5 million goal.

Gifts to the campaign have been made by 13,268 alumni, 7431 friends, 903 corporations and foundations, 1,135 faculty and staff.

The success of this fundraising effort has been recognized with two WealthEngine Awards for Fundraising Excellence from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

“We started the Students First Campaign because UNCG needs new endowments for undergraduate and graduate scholarships,” says Linda Arnold Carlisle, co-chair of the campaign’s steering committee and vice chair of the UNCG board of trustees.

“These endowments will keep us competitive in recruiting the best students and in assisting the neediest of North Carolina’s students,” she says. “While we have been very successful with the campaign so far, we have some unmet needs for undergraduate and graduate scholarships, and those are essential to our becoming a university of first choice among talented and deserving students.”

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