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Campaign for Carolina Ends with Historic Success

September 25, 2023 | Kristen Chavez

The Old Well, framed by tree branches, with South Building behind it.
View of the Old Well on August 22, 2023, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Photo by Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The Campaign for Carolina was a historic moment for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When the campaign officially concluded on Dec. 31, 2022, Carolina became the first university, public or private, in the South to exceed $5 billion in a campaign, raising a total of $5.1 billion.

The record-breaking achievements were supported at school and departmental levels. The College of Arts and Sciences exceeded its goal by over $14 million. The Institute for the Arts and Humanities raised $23.04 million, exceeding its $20 million goal, and contributed to the campaign’s success and totals.

In reflecting on the impact of the campaign, IAH Director Patricia Parker said, “This outpouring of support for the arts and humanities affirms the criticality of these areas of scholarship to the university’s mission. It ensures that the Institute will continue to be a sure place for supporting faculty research and creative activities, leadership development, and community building.”

“As founding director Ruel Tyson once said, ‘Gifts, large and small, are the most powerful actions we can take in the world for good,’” said Parker. “These gifts to the Institute will translate into more opportunities for arts and humanities faculty to pass on their knowledge to the public and to a rising generation of students.”

The campaign bolstered the Faculty Fellowship Program, getting the IAH closer to its goal to fully endow the program. Generous donors helped the Institute support 234 Fellows from 2014-2022, through Faculty Fellowship, the Tyson Academic Leadership, and the Chapman Summer Fellows programs. Gifts also included new faculty retention funds and anonymous support to help launch an international collaborative research grant for faculty, as part of the implementation of the IAH’s strategic plan.

The Institute by the Numbers 2022-2023:

Total individual donors to the IAH: 549. IAH campaign gift breakdown: Cash: $5.6M, Pledges: $8.2M, Planned Gifts: $9.2M. Average gift amount to the IAH: $6,175.92 Number of gifts under $1,000: 3,121


Heidi Kim (FFP ’15, ’22; ALP ’21)

Heidi Kim
Heidi Kim

Professor, English and Comparative Literature

“My fellowships have been invaluable for my research and career. I especially appreciate the support for the Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative at a time when this conversation has been critical to our campus. Participating in the IAH’s Faculty Fellowship Program has renewed my broad appreciation for the humanities and arts, which is what brought me to academia in the first place.”



Julia Grumbles ’75

Julia Grumbles
Julia Grumbles

IAH Advisory Board Member, Campaign for Carolina Co-Chair and Steering Committee Member

“The IAH’s success from the Campaign was extraordinary. Thanks to our generous donors, the IAH is now better able to strengthen its already proven programs. Supporting Carolina faculty is one of the greatest ways to ensure the health of the University and further its mission of teaching students who will become the next generation of leaders.”


Courtney Rivard (FFP ’21; ALP ’23)

Courtney Rivard
Courtney Rivard

Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literature

“With the support of the IAH, I have grown tremendously as a scholar: publishing my first book, acquiring a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, building international collaborations, and taking on a leadership role in digital humanities. The IAH’s unique approach to scholarship and leadership builds a community that centers conversation and support. The IAH folded me into this community, surrounding me with innovative, supportive, and ethical leaders who show me what is possible.”


Harold Hope ’94

Harold Hope
Harold Hope

IAH Advisory Board Member

“The resounding success of the Institute during the Campaign exemplifies the excellence of our faculty as well as the profound impact of collective generosity. With every dollar contributed, the IAH empowers Carolina’s exceptional faculty to push the boundaries of knowledge, ignite curiosity, and engaged in transformative collaborations.”





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