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UNCP’s Office for Advancement wins national award

July 21, 2010


The Office for Advancement at UNC Pembroke won a major national award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

 Kyle Carter

Kyle R. Carter

 Sandy Waterkotte

Sandy Waterkotte


The office that supports fundraising and alumni at UNCP received the 2010 CASE Educational Fundraising “Overall Improvement Award” for their performance over the past three years.  

More than 200 CASE member institutions fit the criteria for the awards, and from them, UNCP was among 12 chosen for this recognition. The award is a component of CASE’s Circle of Excellence program.

“Our improvement over the past three years in several key areas was among the most impressive in the nation,” said Sandy Waterkotte, vice chancellor for Advancement.

“We’re very pleased and excited to be recognized in this way by such a prestigious organization,” Waterkotte said. “The entire division must be acknowledged because they all made this possible.”

Chancellor Kyle R. Carter also lauded the work of the Advancement Division.

“I am delighted that UNCP’s Advancement Division received this recognition from CASE,” Chancellor Carter said. “I applaud their success and look forward to their continued work pairing the philanthropic wishes of the community with UNC Pembroke.”

Indeed, the past few years have been a tipping point for UNCP’s Office for Advancement. From 2000-05, UNCP raised approximately $1 million annually, but in the four years from 2006-09, the University raised nearly $17.5 million.

Since 2005, eight endowed chairs were established or pledged at UNCP. By comparison, prior to 2005 there were three endowed or permanently funded professorships at UNCP.

The eight professorships are: 1) James Thomas professorship in entrepreneurship; 2) BB&T chair in the Philosophical Foundations of Free Enterprise; 3) BB&T chair in the Moral Foundations of Capitalism; 4) Joseph B. Oxendine chair in educational leadership; 5) Anne R. Belk chair in nursing; 6) Allen C. Meadors distinguished professorship in mathematics education, 7) Brenda Brooks distinguished professorship in nursing; and 8) the Zucker distinguished professorship in nursing.

In the institutional category of “public comprehensive institutions,” UNCP won along with Texas A&M International University and the University of Maryland University College.

A panel of volunteer judges selected winners based on a number of factors including:

  • growth in total support and type of support;
  • breadth in program areas and growth in each program area;
  • pattern of donor growth among alumni and other individual donors;
  • impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support;
  • total support in relation to the alumni base; and
  • type of institution.

Waterkotte singled out the First and Ten Campaign for Football as critical to the Division’s success.

“More than half of the major gifts collected for that campaign were from donors who had never before made a gift to UNCP,” Waterkotte noted. “However, in the past three years, UNCP has also received significant gifts to academics and many of those were from new donors.  

“All of us in the Advancement division feel privileged to have been working for UNCP at a time of great growth,” she continued. “As our campus, academic programs, athletic programs and enrollment all developed and matured, we were able to take advantage of that energy and build support from our alumni and friends at a rate previously unknown.”  

Waterkotte thanked the University’s alumni and friends for their support.

“Certainly, our alumni and friends made this period of growth happen,” she said. “Our staff has been embraced by the community around us, by alumni locally and out of state, and by our good friends who see the University as something wonderful that makes our region special.”    CASE is the professional organization that serves the national educational fundraising community. UNCP is a member of CASE. Any CASE member who submits this data is automatically eligible for awards in overall performance and overall improvement after participating in the survey for the past three years.
In selecting winners, judges use the factors to find significant program growth across the three years of data, CASE said. Institutions are evaluated within appropriate peer groups, using different size and type classifications.

For more information, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6351 or