On its fourth annual Pirate Nation Gives fundraising, East Carolina University exceeded its initial goal of $1 million on Wednesday and raised over $3.1 million.
Fundraising priorities this year included Beacon scholarships, athletic scholarships and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, according to an ECU News Services press release.
“Thank you for caring so deeply and being an important part of Pirate Nation. Every gift supports our resilient students, faculty and researchers who are making a positive impact in North Carolina and beyond,” Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson said in the press release.
The press release said the largest gift of the day was a $1.8 million commitment from an anonymous faculty member. It said nearly $1.1 million will support accounting faculty recruitment and retention, one of the largest gifts for the College of Business.
The remaining $720,000 of the anonymous gift will be directed to the Students’ Treasure Chest, a student-led group to support immediate needs of students, the press release said.
The press release said other gifts included more than $41,000 for Beacon scholarships, nearly $74,000 for athletic scholarships and an initial gift of $25,000 from Jesse R. Peel to create a diversity and inclusion support program with the College of Education’s Rural Education Institute.
“The purpose of the new program is to provide rural educators across the state with professional development in areas of equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion,” Peel said in the press release. “I feel the social upheaval in our country currently makes this an incredibly vital initiative."
More information on ECU’s day of giving and a full list of champion donors can be found on the Pirate Nation Gives website.