“(Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs) Joel (Curran) and his team continue to create good stories, but we are still waiting for people to come to the website and see them,” said Vice Chancellor for University Development David Routh.
While Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting was highlighted by the University Affairs committee’s public conversation on the renaming of Saunders Hall, the Board’s other committees discussed the campus master plan, UNC’s social media improvement and alumni investment, among other topics.
The finance and infrastructure committee meeting began with Routh’s presentation on the state of donations and gifts for this financial year at the University.
Routh said despite 225 people working in some capacity for the development office, it’s the extra effort from deans and faculty that help push them over the top. He cited a speech that Provost Jim Dean gave to his staff, which Routh described as inspiring.
As for the development website and personalized newsletters for donors, Routh said some tinkering might be needed.
The development office, however, has had no problem raising money this year. Routh said gifts have increased from $105,555,309 in the previous financial year to $114,669,894 this year, an 11 percent increase.
Routh attributed some of this growth to new hires in the development, but said he was “not close” to filling out his team.
“While we are still building and hiring out, we are still putting out some pretty good numbers,” he said.