ECSU progressing on Day of Giving goal


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, June 18, 2017

With its first-ever Day of Giving coming up on June 27, Elizabeth City State University was already about a fifth of the way to its $150,000 goal this week.

In an update presented to the ECSU Board of Trustees on Tuesday, John Michael Lee Jr., ECSU’s vice chancellor for institutional advancement, reported that more than $27,800 had been raised already in the Day of Giving campaign.

The big push, of course, will come as the volunteer-staffed call center reaches out to alumni and other friends of the university on June 27, which has been designated as the Day of Giving.

The goal for the Day of Giving is $150,000 from 3,000 Vikings over 24 hours.

Lee was update in his report to the trustees.

"I really think we're going to reach our goal," Lee said.

Other items from Lee’s report on institutional advancement:

— Religious organization giving has increased 99 percent. This year, 16 religious organizations have contributed to the university — up from 10 in Fiscal Year 2016

— Alumni giving is up 16 percent

— Corporate giving is down 66 percent.

— Faculty and staff giving is down 40 percent.

— The ECSU National Alumni Association is working to raise $10 million over the next five years for student scholarships that will help to grow the university's enrollment.

Harold Barnes, vice chairman of the ECSU Board of Trustees, asked about the ECSU Foundation's role in helping students who get behind on what they owe to the university.

Lee said the Foundation does have closing-the-gap funds and also can make short-term loans to students.

The Foundation Board is committed to making resources available to ensure students “can make it over the hump,” Lee said, adding, "As much as possible we want to keep our students here.”

Anyone wishing to participate now in the Day of Giving campaign may go online to www.ecsu.edu/ecsugives.

The Day of Giving allows donors to contribute to a number of different funds at ECSU. There are also special challenges, including the Decades Challenge and Divine 9 Challenge. Those two challenges will provide up to a $2,000 named scholarship to the alumni decade or Divine 9 organization that raises the most money from the most donors during the ECSU Day of Giving.

As of Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, the 1960s alumni were leading the Decades challenge, with the 1990s in second place. The Delta Sigma sorority was leading the Divine 9 challenge.