UNC Kenan-Flagler raised $532,237 and set a new record for donors in one day on its way to beating Duke’s Fuqua School of Business 1,579 to 980 in the second BlueVBlue Giving Day Challenge between the two business schools.
“I like raising funds to support our School, and I love beating Duke,” said Doug Shackelford (BSBA ’80), dean and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation. “It’s great when we can do both of those things at the same time – this event has been a tremendous addition to our School.”
UNC Kenan-Flagler led from the start of the day thanks to a strong push both on campus and from alumni across the globe. Gifts came in from 15 different countries and 38 states, with North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Virginia and California leading the way in donor participation.
This year’s Challenge on Feb 27 featured some new elements including live donor heat maps (US and World), a Starting 5 volunteer challenge, numerous regional happy hour events, and video cameos by Luke Maye (BSBA ’19), Antawn Jamison and Business School alumni parent Roy Williams.
More than 200 UNC Kenan-Flagler students – representing all degree programs – participated in BlueVBlue with a gift, as did over 150 faculty and staff, and 81 parents of current students. MBA alumni lead the way in BlueVBlue participation with 595 donors, followed by Undergraduate Business alumni with 326, and MAC alumni with 39.
“One of the greatest things about the BlueVBlue Challenge is the level of excitement and participation it generates across all members of the UNC Kenan-Flagler community – alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends,” said Jeremy Allen, senior director of annual support and advancement communications at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “Everyone gives at a level they are comfortable with, and together we generate incredible support for the Business School and its students.”