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East Carolina University Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: THE FOUNDATION RAISES, MANAGES, AND DISTRIBUTES PRIVATE RESOURCES FOR THE BENEFIT OF EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, ITS STUDENTS AND ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH PROGRAMS.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

am so impressed by the way this foundation provides tuition help for deserving needy students;also,this foudation works well in tandem with the university to imrove both ecu and the city of greenville

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen the impact the ECU Foundation makes on students that otherwise wouldn't be able to attend school. Some of the brightest minds have been able to graduate from East Carolina University because of this foundation's work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and a donor, I have had the opportunity to see how the ECU Foundation impacts the university, faculty, staff and students. This is an organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of young people who are interested in furthering their education. We have heard numerous testimonies from the students who have been particularly impacted by the work of this board and providing the opportunity for scholarships so the student can continue to pursue their college degree. We are certainly funding the margin of excellence!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new board member of the Foundation. I am already in awe with the profesionalism of the group of board members and the President. The board is so very focused on it's goal of serving the current and prospective students in such a way that they can best succeed in their academic endeavors at East Carolina University. The board members continuously strive to maintain the motto of the university which is, "To Serve". I am so very proud to be associated with such a wonderful group of people who all have the same apsirations to make ECU the best it can be.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new member to the board. I have been very impressed with the professional approach used, and the innovative strategies that have been implemented to both raise funds, and, more importantly, to make sure that the money raised is used as efficiently as possible. This University has alwyas tried to "do more with less", and the ECU Foundation exemplifies this principle, making investments in programs and students that are really paying off. I am proud to be a member of this remarkable group.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This foundation is one of the most innovative and effective boards serving universities in the country. Example is the Access Scholarships that are allowing young eastern NC students go to college. These are young people who otherwise would not have a chance to go to college. In this part of the country there are many bright and talented young folks who just can't afford college. This scholarship program targets them and connects them to one of the top universities in the southeast. Some are going on to work toward a medical or dental degree at ECU, truly a life-changing opportunity. This is the type of innovation foundations should be showing in 2012 and beyond.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member and doner for many years and have watched this Foundation continue to improve each year to the point that it will be difficult to make big improvements in the future because it is so good and professional. I am proud to be a board member and would highly recommend the ECU Foundation to everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have severed on the ECU Foundation board for a number of years and been a donor for many years. This foundation is an excellent organization with committed leadership and volunteers. An outstanding organization providing support for an outstanding university.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on many boards at ECU as well as the ECU Educational Foundation (Pirate Club) ECU has the best and most active board memebers. Dedication and passion for the school is second to none. The goals and strategic plans are achieved due the dedication and commimnet by our board members. I am proud to serve!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served on several Foundations during my lifetime but East Carolina Universities Foundation is near and dear to my heart. As an alumni from ECU I can't tell you the feelings that I have when I watch the young recipients of the Access Scholarship come before a crowded room and share their story with the board and visitors. Usually there is not a dry eye in the crowd and I am no different. The emotional lift one gets from giving is an experience that can not be described in words. To see these young students benefit from these scholarships and see first hand how a simple scholarship can change a life, a country, and the world is the most reward an individual can ever receive. The Pirate Nation and Pirate supporters have always stepped up to the plate to help another individual. We are a Nation of givers and to provide the gift of education is a reward that I have been so lucky to experience as a graduate and as a Board member of the East Carolina University Foudation.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having served this organization for ten years in a volunteer role, I continue to be strongly committed to the efforts of the Foundation and proud of its exceptional results. Charged with serving the needs of East Carolina University, a state institution serving 27,000 students - many from under-served, low-income areas of the state, the ECU Foundation works hard to fund the margin of excellence that provides scholarships, distinguished professorships and a host of programs to ensure the success of students. In particular, the careful tailoring of gifts to support the donor's interests, careful stewardship of gifts to the Foundation and the development of critically important Access Scholarships for academically strong students with proven financial needs are hallmarks of the organization's performance.

Donor

Rating: 5

The East Carolina University Foundation, Inc. has an excellent team focused on achieving the desired results outlined by the donor. The major gift officers are extremely knowledgeable and are entirely focused on fostering a positive experience. The efforts of the Foundation are truly making a positive impact for both the students and the donors.

Board Member

Rating: 5

East Carolina University Foundation in dedicated to provide needed funding for qualified students that could not afford to attend college otherwise, and for gifted students that need scholarship support for advanced programs. It is a joy to serve on the our dedicated Foundation Board and see how our contribuitions make a positive difference in the lives of so many. IR-ECU 2012

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank the ECU Foundation for supporting me with an Access Scholarship for 4 years. My mom and I were both overjoyed to the point of tears when I got the scholarship letter in the mail last spring. Living in a small town and coming from a single parent family we have always known that it is a big dream to make it to college. This scholarship lifted a great burden off me and my mother and made my dream of college a reality. I hope to completed my undergraduate studies with little or no debt and be able to continue on to medical school where I am thinking about becoming a reconstructive plastic surgeon. Thank you for helping my dreams come true.

Donor

Rating: 5

The East Carolina University Foundation Inc. has a clearly defined mission, excellent staff, and transparent financial reporting. I am always sure that my donations are used for the purpose that I intend. It's very easy to make a donation online to the fund or endowment of my choice.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The East Carolina University Foundation changes lives. It supports the mission of the University by raising funds to support scholarships and other projects that ultimately better the experience of students. The Foundation is well managed and provides transparency not only to Board members but also Donors and potential Donors. I have served on the Foundation for a number of years and find the experience most rewarding. When you see how you can change the lives of students through philanthropic efforts it makes you want to do more.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The East Carolina University Foundation is a very well managed nonprofit working diligently to support the students and community of East Carolina University. The highest levels of integrity can be found thorughout the work of the Foundation. The Foundation is driving investments in our students which represent the future of our communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Access Scholarship program started by the ECU Foundation changes lives. I give annually to this progam to support a good student whose family cannot afford to send them to college. Getting to meet the student at the annual scholarship luncheon has become one of my favorite highlights of the year. I have gotten to meet the students, hear their stories, and know how much they appreciate my support. I enjoy giving to support the access scholarship program because I know that it makes a difference and will have a positive ripple effect to future generations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

East Carolina University Foundation is generating significant funding for the mission of the University. The Foundation raises money and invests money to aid the University by funding scholarships, faculty as well as bricks and mortar. They do an outstanding job of involving volunteers in all aspects of the Foundation as well as the University. Public Universities are under tremendous pressure due to reduced state funding and rely heavily on private funds. This is the "margin of excellence" for a great University. We are proud of the schoarships my wife and I have funded and see it as an opporunity to help future generations to get a great education from a great University. It is very fulfilling to see this happening with current students and making a difference in their lives as well as raising the status of East Carolina University by bringing the best and Brightest to Greenville.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The mision of the ECU Foundation is to "fund the Margin of Excellence" at East Carolina University. Gifts to the foundation support students, faculty, academic programs, and research activities. The ECU Foundation is committed to meeting and exceeding the best practices for the managment of a non profit organization. It is also recognized among its peers as a national leader in transparancy and accountability. Donors are invited to explore its website to experience an unparalleled commitment by the ECU Foundation to be a responsible steward of each and every gift entusted to it.