Donors In Focus
Women have a profound impact on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Established in 2002, the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council is a network of alumnae, parents and friends who are committed to supporting Carolina and mentoring future generations of women philanthropists and volunteers.
Thanks to the generosity of Barbara and Don Curtis ’63 and their daughter, Donna Curtis McClatchey ’93, the Curtis Foundation gave a generous donation of $21.275 million, which included a $10 million gift to the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. This gift also supports the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Hospitals and UNC Athletics. Donna has been a member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council for more than 10 years and is a member of the executive committee.
Aurelia ’85 and William Monk ’86 and Molly ’84 and John Mears, on behalf of the Bill & Agnes Monk Family Foundation, gave $1 million to the Campaign for Carolina. Most of this gift will support students in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship — both those participating in internships in eastern North Carolina and for students from eastern North Carolina embarking on internships. American Studies, Kenan-Flagler Business School, and UNC Athletics will also be greatly supported by this generous gift.
Chase Wood, in partnership with The Dickson Foundation, pledged $100,000 to support the Nutrition Online Degree Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. This program prepares public health professionals to assess scientific evidence for dietary guidelines and effectively communicate nutritional information to the public.
Leigh and Rob Edwards pledged $1 million to support the University, most significantly to the Institute for Convergent Science, a campaign signature initiative. Their gift also supports the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship, Global Studies and the Rams Club. Leigh and Rob are active volunteers and Carolina parents to Robert and Jake.
Good friends Carol, Laura and Francie serve on the Learning Center Advisory Board and made leadership gifts to the center. The Learning Center helps students by providing resources, including one-on-one academic coaching, peer tutoring, study workshops and online tools to achieve their goals and succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Priscilla Taylor made a planned gift of $224,000 to support UNC-Chapel Hill scholarship programs, including Blue Sky Scholars and the Carolina Covenant. Her gift will also support University Libraries, Honors Carolina and the Graduate School. In addition to serving on countless boards at Carolina, Priscilla served on the UNC Board of Governors for 17 years.