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University Advancement, Alumni,
and Friends of UNCG

University Advancement

University Advancement is responsible for coordinating and promoting activities that advance public understanding of the University and also for obtaining private financial support for the University. University Advancement carries a variety of responsibilities including educating all constituencies about the University—its strengths and its needs. It also stimulates private giving by creating an awareness of the important role that private gifts play in UNCG’s present and future.

Fund-raising is carried out on a coordinated basis by the Advancement Office. This includes solicitations from alumni, community members, business entities, and foundations. Both outright gifts as well as gifts in the form of charitable trusts, annuities, life insurance, and bequests are opportunities for giving.

Advancement Services Office

The Advancement Services Office is responsible for managing biographic, gift, and other information on alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to support activities of the Division of University Advancement, the UNCG Alumni Association, and various University departments.

Alumni Relations

UNCG’s Office of Alumni Relations works to foster alumni interest in and loyalty to the University by providing programs and activities which involve alumni with UNCG. The Office serves as the University’s central point of contact for alumni and coordinates alumni involvement in admissions programs, career networking, and, with the Alumni Association, develops programs and activities that lead current students to involvement as alumni. These include but are not limited to career networking events, senior week activities, and programs that unite students and alumni socially.

The Alumni House generally houses alumni events and provides rooms for receptions and meetings for the University community and Association members.

Annual Giving

The UNCG Annual Giving Office is an integral part of the fundraising effort at the university, as it offers a distinct opportunity for alumni, families, friends, students, faculty, and staff to make an annual gift to the university. Through direct mail and phonathon campaigns, annual gifts may be restricted or unrestricted. Unrestricted gifts are designated to the UNCG Annual Fund, which provides critical current operating support. Restricted gift campaigns managed through the Annual Giving Office provide strengthened financial resources in other areas of the university.


The Development Office designs and manages programs leading to gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to support the University’s faculty and students. Program areas include major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, and the Annual Fund.

University Relations

The University Relations office is the primary communication unit of the University. This unit consists of institutional marketing, special programs, media relations, publications, and Web communication. Additional communication outlets include the UNCG Speaker’s Bureau, UNCG Magazine, and Campus Weekly responsibilities.

Friends of UNCG

UNCG is not an academic ivory tower apart from the community and world around it. Business groups, individuals, alumni, the Greensboro community, and friends of the University throughout North Carolina give to and receive from UNCG in a realistic, academically healthy exchange of ideas, resources, and programs.

UNCG’s continuing education programs, special seminars, University Concert/Lecture Series, and student productions and concerts receive community patronage and enthusiastic support. In addition, business and civic leaders and interested individuals join forces with UNCG to provide internships, scholarships for deserving students, and funds to enrich UNCG’s various programs.

Among UNCG’s friends and supportive groups are the following:

Angels of the UNCG Theatre

Organized in 1960 by alumni and friends to assist in UNCG productions and to provide financial assistance for talented students in theatre.

Board of Visitors

Established by UNCG’s Excellence Foundation in 1998, the Board of Visitors is an advocacy group for the University. Comprised of 75 alumni and community members, the Board of Visitors work on initiatives identified by the University including corporate relations, merit scholarship fund-raising, and stewardship identification. Members serve three-year terms.

Friends of the University Libraries

Organized in 1959 to help present the mission and needs of the library to the people of North Carolina. Special projects include enriching the book collection and the nationally recognized Woman’s Collection, bringing speakers to campus, and providing library services to the entire community.

Human Environmental Sciences Foundation

Organized in 1946 as a charitable, nonprofit educational corporation to aid and promote, through financial assistance and other means, all types of education and research, both undergraduate and graduate, in the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Present endowment exceeds $5 million.

The Spartan Club

The Spartan Club was established in 1986. Its mission is to provide all scholarship support for UNCG student athletes through private gifts. No state funds are utilized.

The UNCG Excellence Foundation

Organized in 1966 by 42 business and civic leaders in Greensboro “to aid and promote, by financial assistance and otherwise, excellence in higher education, service, and research at UNCG.” Present endowment exceeds $164 million. The fund supports Excellence Foundation professorships as well as scholarships, fellowships, academic programs, and other University endeavors.

UNCG Musical Arts Guild

Organized in 1972 to promote the School of Music by encouraging attendance at concerts, aiding in the development of scholarships, and assisting with musical programs and projects and the purchase of recordings and specialized equipment.

Weatherspoon Art Museum Association

Amplifying the voice of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the visual arts in the cultural conversation of our community. Mission statement, 2006.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum Association was established in 1942 by a group of community members who wanted to support the fledgling Weatherspoon Art Gallery, founded the prior year. Membership in the Association has grown to include more than 600 individuals who provide important financial and volunteer support for the Museum. The Association hosts exhibition receptions and "Noon at the Spoon" brown-bag lunches on the second Tuesday of each month. It also organizes special events to benefit the Weatherspoon and offers many opportunities for people to become more fully engaged with the Museum. For information, call 336/334-5770 or visit the Web site at