ECU set to celebrate eighth day of giving Wednesday

East Carolina University will celebrate its eighth annual day of giving on Wednesday. Pirate Nation Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising event that encourages alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and students to come together and support the university.

“Pirate Nation Gives is our moment to be all hands on deck to support the university. Giving back to ECU is a way for every Pirate to be involved in the impact this university has on our students, our region and the world,” said Christopher Dyba, vice chancellor for University Advancement. “Every gift, large or small, makes an impact, whether it helps enhance programs and facilities, supports our hard-working faculty or increases students’ access to a top-tier education.”

Last year’s event set new records with 2,300 donors raising more than $11.8 million. This year aims to build on participation and demonstrate the impact of donor support.
Throughout the university new signage denotes the influence of philanthropic efforts allowing students, faculty and staff to see that many of the institution’s buildings, services, facilities and programs are made possible by donors.

PeeDee squishmallow stuffed toy search and philanthropy honor cords for graduating Pirates are planned to boost involvement on campus. Students can participate in Pirate Nation Gives activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main campus and medical campus student centers.

Priorities for this year’s Pirate Nation Gives include student scholarships, experiential learning opportunities, study abroad programs, health care initiatives, athletics and program support. However, donors can make gifts to any area they feel passionate about.

Throughout Wednesday, leaderboards on the Pirate Nation Gives website will track support for areas of campus and encourage giving with a competitive spirit. Social media challenges will give participants the opportunity to win bonus money for their favorite ECU area or fund.

Pirate Nation Gives is about everything East Carolina — students, research, arts, health care, athletics and more — and combining one person’s philanthropy with that of others to create limitless possibilities.

Event Details
What: Pirate Nation Gives
When: Wednesday, March 20
Where: Donations can be made at or by calling 252-ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483).
Why: This one-day effort is about Pirate pride, philanthropy and supporting ECU through charitable contributions.


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