Western Carolina University's commitment to sustaining and improving individual lives and enhancing economic and community development in Western Carolina and beyond requires significant resources. The development team is committed to raising funds to advance that purpose. We develop and create lasting relationships with alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations who are dedicated to helping us reach the goals of WCU's colleges, departments and units.
While each philanthropic conversation and decision is unique, our staff will help donors through every step of the process, including the structure of the gift and its purpose or focus. If you have a general question about giving to WCU, please call 800.492.8496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To locate a specific member of the Division of Advancement, please visit our staff directory.
For more information about Division of Advancement operations and offices, please see below.
Office of the Vice Chancellor
The Office of the Vice Chancellor is responsible for the management of the Division of Advancement, philanthropic leadership boards, and campaigns. Activities and initiatives include:
Office of Advancement Services
The Office of Advancement Services is responsible for supporting WCU’s fundraising and alumni engagement efforts by administering the database system and providing positive communication and experiences for donors and alumni. The units in Advancement Services include database management, prospect management and research, gift processing, and accounting. The office recently led the migration to a new customer relationship management platform, Raiser’s Edge NXT. Activities and initiatives include:
Office of Engagement
The Office of Engagement is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive program of activities designed to inform and engage alumni and strengthen lifelong relationships with WCU that will increase responsiveness to appeals for charitable support. Activities and initiatives include:
Office of Development
Development staff are responsible for the management and direction of the operations and programs of Western Carolina University’s fundraising efforts, including the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of current donors and prospective donors for the fulfillment of WCU priorities. Development staff work with alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to secure gifts, and each college has a development staff member assigned as their point of contact for philanthropy. The assistant vice chancellor for development supervises directors and assistant directors in annual and major giving. Activities and initiatives include: