ECSU Announces its First-Ever Day of Giving Campaign

ECSU Announces its First-Ever Day of Giving Campaign

John Lee

Elizabeth City State University is hosting its first-ever ECSU Day of Giving, and the entire university and northeast North Carolina community is needed to make a difference.

According to Vice Chancellor for University Advancement John Michael Lee Jr, ECSU is working toward joining forces with its alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members as it hosts this highly anticipated event on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  The University’s goal is to raise $150,000 from more than 3,000 donors, benefiting a number of causes both community and university-related.

Donors can make gifts between now and June 27, and add their names to the list of donors by going to

“We look forward to the involvement of the entire ECSU Viking Family as we come together to make ECSU’s Day of Giving a success,” said ECSU Chancellor Thomas Conway. “ECSU is at an exciting pivotal time in its history, and we need the support of alumni, students, faculty, staff, Elizabeth City and the entire northeastern North Carolina community to make a difference.”

Donors can support several initiatives including the ECSU National Alumni Association’s Student Support Initiative that seeks to raise $10 Million dollars over the next five years to support student scholarships. Participating in the ECSU Student Support initiative ensures the long-term growth of the university and its students for generations to come.

Other initiatives include:

NE NC Community Development Fund- donations to this fund will support community-based projects in Elizabeth City and northeastern North Carolina.

ECSU Athletics Support Fund-invest in our student-athletes to help create championship-level competition on the field, in the classroom, and in life beyond ECSU.

ECSU Student Development Fund-This fund will support student-development initiatives including exposure to world-class speakers, opportunities to study abroad, and other student-success experiences.

ECSU Fund (Area of Greatest Need)-gifts earmarked for the “ECSU Fund (areas of greatest Need)" enable funding to go directly to the area of greatest and most immediate need at the university.

“Donors can choose among several initiatives that represent the very best of ECSU or they can elect to give to any established scholarship or fund at the university,” said University Advancement's John Michael Lee Jr. “I believe that we can make a difference at ECSU and in the northeastern North Carolina community one donor at a time.”

During the ECSU Day of Giving, donors may also participate in many challenges. This year’s challenges include the Decades Challenge, Divine 9 Challenge, Community Challenge as well as the Chancellor’s Challenge to ECSU Departments.

The Decades Challenge and Divine 9 Challenge will provide up to a $2,000 named scholarship to the alumni decade or divine 9 organization that raises the most money from the most donors. The Community Challenge will provide up to $5,000 to support a regional community-based initiative for the community organization that raises the most money from the most donors during the ECSU Day of Giving. The ECSU Chancellor’s Challenge will provide up to a $3,000 department resource award to the ECSU Department that raises the most money during the ECSU Day of Giving.

ECSU is an integral part of the community, and the University seeks to promote economic, social, and environmental progress for the people of Elizabeth City, northeastern North Carolina, the state, and the nation. With broad support from each constituent during this pivotal time in the University’s history, Elizabeth City State University will continue to be a leading regional partner in offering world-class teaching, learning, research, and service for many years to come.