Despite the negative press UNC received from the Wainstein report, there is little evidence to show it has affected donations to the University, which will announce the receipt of the largest individual donation in its history during a press conference today.
Overall donations from July to November were up 6 percent from the previous donation year, according to a recent report.
However, this only factors in a few weeks after the Wainstein report was published.
The University asks for donations from alumni and parents of students by email, mail and phone calls. In the weeks following the report, there has not been a significant decline in donations, said David Routh, vice chancellor for development.
Routh said the development office’s alumni newsletter was changed to incorporate information about the Wainstein report after the report was released.
At the University’s calling center, students ask alumni and parents of students for donations. To combat questions from prospective donors, the student employees are asked to add a personal touch to positive responses about the report.
Junior Tyra Pearson said the center brought in an expert to speak about the Wainstein report and how to respond to people who have concerns.
She said when people have concerns about the report, she talks about being an African-American at the University.
She said her perspective on the scandal, which happened in the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies, sometimes helps settle the prospective donors.