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Annual Giving Societies

Annual giving societies recognize the loyal contributions from Carolina’s alumni and friends. Your annual gift is an investment in Carolina’s students, faculty and staff. It provides the vital resources to meet the needs of the University today and ensure its success tomorrow.

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Carolina Bell Ringers

Like the reverberating echoes of the tower chimes, Carolina Bell Ringers’ support touches every corner of campus to help strengthen the foundation that makes Carolina great. Carolina cannot be all that it is without their continued support. Annual gifts define the University’s ability to be a great research university that excels in educating students at all levels.

Membership in the Carolina Bell Ringers requires donors to have made gifts in the most recent two consecutive academic years. We welcome anyone to join, both alumni and other friends of Carolina. Your gift may be designated to The Carolina Fund or to any school, academic program or department of the University.

To continue your Bell Ringers membership, simply give any amount between July 1 and June 30 of an academic year. There is no minimum gift to continue your membership.

Benefits of Membership:

  • a specially-designed car decal.
  • an acknowledgement from the Chancellor.

For more information on membership, contact the Annual Giving team.

Chancellor’s Clubs

As early as 1901, “Carolina” was a byword for UNC. Through the years, it has become a term of endearment expressing an appreciation for the beautiful campus, a fondness for the time spent in Chapel Hill and a respect for the education received here. Your gifts to Carolina reflect the depth of your affinity for this great university, and your support helps it become even better. The most generous among you who give each year qualify for membership in our Chancellor’s Clubs. They are:

Benefits of Membership:

  • a specially designed thank-you gift.
  • special invitations to campus and regional events.
  • access to the Chancellor’s Clubs liaison to answer Carolina questions.
  • school or unit giving recognition as appropriate.

1793 Society: a distinction based on annual support totaling $2,000 – $4,999
(for students $250. For undergraduate alumni one to five years after graduation, $500. For undergraduate alumni six to 10 years since graduate, $1,000)

The Carolina Society: a distinction based on annual support totaling $5,000 – $9,999.

The Chancellor’s Circle: a distinction based on annual support totaling $10,000 – $24,999.

The Cornerstone Society: a distinction based on annual support totaling $25,000 or more

The Chancellor’s Clubs are administered by the Annual Giving department. Individuals wanting more information should contact Annual Giving; organizations should contact Corporate and Foundation Relations.

The Carolina Fund Society

Established in 2019, The Carolina Fund Society recognizes alumni and friends whose generous annual gift of $10,000 or more to The Carolina Fund is key to meeting the University’s most pressing needs. The Carolina Fund has long been a resource that provides flexible funding to meet critical campus needs and seize emerging opportunities. It gives us the freedom to use your gift to make the biggest impact possible, as well as weather the ebb and flow of state funding, tuition income and federal grants.

Benefits of Membership:

  • special invitations to campus and regional events.
  • access to the Chancellor’s Clubs liaison to answer any questions you have about Carolina.
  • invitations to Carolina Fund Society events.

For more information on membership, send an email to Candace Clark from Donor Relations.

Donor Resources

Need help making a gift? Reach our Gift Services team by calling 919-537-3818, emailing or clicking the Contact Us button below. To view your giving history, make a repeat gift or pledge payment, or print a tax receipt, click My UNC Giving.