UNC-Chapel Hill had its best fundraising year on record, reeling in $495 million in pledges and gifts in the 2016 fiscal year.
The university announced the results Monday, saying it had surpassed 2015’s $447 million total by almost $50 million. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt called it “a proud moment for Carolina.”
The university has ramped up its fundraising apparatus as it moves into a multi-year capital campaign. The drive is in the silent phase now, but an official launch of the campaign is expected in the coming months.
In 2016, UNC reported that a dozen donors gave $5 million or more. Among them were Ken and Cheryl Williams, who donated $10 million to support cancer research at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and an anonymous donor who gave $7.5 million bequest to create professorships in the communication and history departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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Overall, UNC received contributions from 68,000 donors in the fiscal year that ended June 30.