Frequently Asked Questions
General Giving Questions
Q: IS MY GIFT TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
A: Yes, gifts to UNCW are tax deductible under the applicable sections of the Internal Revenue Service.
Q: WHAT ARE MATCHING GIFTS?
A: Many companies offer a matching gift option which allows you to double or even triple your gift to the university. Please visit our Matching Gifts database to see if your company offers this opportunity.
Q: HOW CAN I MAKE A GIFT TO THE UNIVERSITY?
There are numerous ways that alumni and friends can support UNCW. Please see types of gifts for more information.
Annual Giving Questions
Q: HOW DO I MAKE AN ANNUAL GIFT TO UNCW?
A. UNCW offers several ways to show your support:
1. Download a gift form and mail it along with your gift
2. Make a secure online gift with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express. UNCW offers recurring giving - an affordable and convenient way to support the university.
3. Enroll in our Electronic Fund Transfer program with a monthly checking contribution
Q: WHAT IS THE UNCW ANNUAL GIVING PROGRAM'S MISSION?
A: The mission of the UNCW Annual Giving Program is to find and cultivate a constituency of alumni and friends who are willing to provide financial donations on an annual basis. The purpose of the office is to continue to identify new donors to the university as well as steward existing donors.
Private gifts to the university are essential for the funding of various academic, athletic and curricular programs at UNCW. Gifts help the university continue to offer the most powerful learning experience possible to UNCW students.
Q: WHY GIVE TO THE UNCW ANNUAL GIVING PROGRAM?
A: UNCW appreciates the funding it receives from the state of North Carolina. However, state appropriations and tuition and fees only make up approximately 70% of UNCW's budget. Private donations provide critical funding so that UNCW may continue to provide our students with the most powerful learning experience possible.
Q: WHAT DOES MY GIFT SUPPORT?
A: Gifts to the annual giving program provide direct support for academic programs, scholarships, research opportunities and community outreach programs and more.
The UNCW Annual Giving Program enables donors to designate their gift to any area of the university.
Q: WHAT CAN UNRESTRICTED FUNDS DO FOR THE UNIVERSITY?
A: By making an unrestricted gift to the UNCW Fund, you enable the university to put that donation toward the area greatest need and therefore will have the most impact.
Q: WHY DO I GET A CALL FROM UNCW EACH YEAR?
A: The UNCW Phonathon is an integral component of the university's Annual Giving providing hands-on professional experience for our students while securing critical funding for academics, scholarships, research and other university priorities.
Q: WHAT IS THE ALUMNI PARTICIPATION RATE?
A: The alumni participation rate is the percent of UNCW alumni who made a gift to the university within the last fiscal year. This participation rate is one of the factors that is considered when groups like the U.S. News and World Report do university rankings.
Q: WHAT IS AN ENDOWMENT AND HOW DO I CREATE ONE?
An endowment creates financial stability through the establishment of a permanent fund that is professionally invested and managed. The income generated is used to carry out the endowment's stated purpose, the mutual goals of the donor and university. For information on creating an endowment, please contact the Development Staff.
Q: WHAT CAN AN ENDOWMENT BE USED FOR?
UNCW uses endowed funds in two basic ways. Restricted funds are allocated for a specific need and made available for a certain period of time. Unrestricted funds provide an annual income that UNCW can use toward areas of greatest need and opportunity, providing a source of dependable income in support of current programs, as well as new initiatives.
See different types of endowments: