Undergraduate Edition 2017-2018

Division of University Advancement

Division of University Advancement

The Division of University Advancement works to build, sustain, and enhance financial support to the University through a wide variety of strategic outreach efforts. Monetary gifts and resources are distributed and leveraged to benefit the academic and cultural growth of students, to better serve Elizabeth City State University's primary constituents, and to enhance the quality of life in northeastern North Carolina. Priorities in the area of university development include increasing endowments and annual scholarship support. The division manages all activities that provide the framework for building strong financial support and lasting relationships with alumni, community members, ECSU Foundation board members, ECSU employees, corporations, churches, parents, and the Board of Visitors.

As the University's main external relations arm, the Division of University Advancement is headed by a Vice Chancellor and includes the areas of Development, Community Development, and Alumni Relations.

Office of Development

The Office of Development has three components: Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Development, and Major and Planned Gifts:

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund component builds a donor base that can be cultivated and developed to support all fundraising efforts; develops and motivates donors who will, on an annual basis, provide gifts to support ECSU; creates awareness and acceptance among a defined constituency; develops an understanding volunteer organization; identifies and cultivates major gift prospects for capital campaigns and planned gifts; and validates the mission of ECSU on an ongoing basis.

Corporate and Foundation Development

Development is also responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting commitments to ECSU from corporation and foundations at the local, state, and national level. In particular, this unit is concerned with the writing, submission, and management of proposals that request $250,000 or more to fund academic and scholarship programs and community outreach projects as well as the endowment-building capacity of the University. Corporate & Foundation Development, in cooperation with the Office of Sponsored Programs, assists faculty and staff with the proper networking, the creation of fiscally sound budgets, and the production of strategically written proposals in order to secure external funding from charitable organizations in the private sector. In addition, this office helps to ensure that each proposal adheres to the guidelines, deadline dates, and paperwork requirements provided by each individual corporation or foundation.

Major and Planned Gifts

The Major and Planned Gifts component is responsible for managing the process of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting commitments to ECSU of $10,000 or more and for instituting and managing a comprehensive planned giving program. Unit functions include increasing the number and dollar amount of major gifts received each year; linking major donor prospects to specific programs and departments; assisting in the development and solicitation of major gift prospects for major multi-year, multi-million dollar campaigns; and enhancing the number of planned giving commitments that ECSU has with individuals and alumni each year. A planned giving advisory committee supports the development of planned giving solicitations and strategies as well as planned giving workshops, seminars, and publications.

Office of Alumni Relations

The Office of Alumni Relations works to involve alumni and distinctive alumni groups in the University and its programs with a view toward increasing their financial support, increasing the growth and development of alumni chapters, updating and maintaining a list of ECSU graduates, producing alumni publications, and serving as the liaison between the University and the National Alumni Association.

Office of Community Development

The Office of Community Development is supported primarily by grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The mission of the program is to provide assistance to low-wealth families in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, and surrounding communities by addressing the pressing developmental needs of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and economic opportunity. Community Development services are provided through housing assistance projects, information dissemination, on-site technical assistance, and a series of seminars and workshops. The Community Development Program is designed with several goals in mind: (1) to expand home ownership and affordable housing opportunities; (2) to assist persons in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary housing; (3) to increase awareness and compliance with fair housing laws; (4) to reduce drug abuse in local neighborhoods through education and outreach activities; (5) to expand economic opportunity through research, job training, and support for small/minority business development; (6) to maximize community development and redevelopment efforts by providing a broad range of technical assistance to local governments and neighborhood organizations; and (7) to provide practical learning experiences for students through internships and community service projects.

ECSU Foundation

Mission Statement

The ECSU Foundation's mission is to serve as the steward of private contributions to Elizabeth City State University in order to provide educational assistance for students, to support faculty, and to secure the operational needs of the University. The Foundation receives, invests, and administers funds received as a result of charitable contributions from the private sector on behalf of the students and programs at ECSU and, as a result, for the greater good of the community.

Guiding Principles

  • To steward the resources entrusted to the Foundation's care,
  • To support and assist others in conjunction with ECSU,
  • To provide opportunities to individuals who might not otherwise be able to attend college,
  • To invest wisely and conservatively to ensure growth of the endowment,
  • To partner with the University to meet its mission in the community,
  • To communicate openly, frequently, and honestly with constituents,
  • To honor the privacy of our donors and friends,
  • To value diversity in all its forms and respect the dignity of the individual,
  • And to ensure that the Foundation meets both the letter and the support of the laws that govern its work.

The Elizabeth City State University Foundation: A Blended Component Unit of ECSU

Although legally separate, The Elizabeth City State University Foundation, Inc. and Subsidiary, is a component unit of the University and is reported as if it were a part of the University. The Foundation is governed by a 20-member board consisting of 5 ex officio directors and 15 elected directors. The Foundation's purpose is to aid, support, and promote teaching, research, and service in the various educational, scientific, scholarly, professional, artistic, and creative endeavors of the University. Because the elected directors of the Foundation are appointed by the members of the Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees and the Foundation's sole purpose is to benefit Elizabeth City State University, its financial statements are blended with those of the University.

ECSU Endowment

The ECSU Foundation is committed to ensuring the future of the University by building ECSU's endowment to provide for its needs in perpetuity. The investment and annual reinvestment of the ECSU Foundation endowment, which is allowed at a higher rate of return than other reserve funds, lets the University increase its impact on the region as well as its capacity to meet the needs of the students it serves. The Foundation secures and manages funds, on behalf of ECSU, to establish scholarships, support distinguished professorships, and deliver both academic and community outreach programming. In all of its efforts, the ECSU Foundation is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of Elizabeth City State University.