- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Donors contributed a record of more than $17.2 million in gifts and commitments to the University of North Carolina Wilmington during fiscal year 2016-17.

A news release from the school said contributions came from more than 10,000 donors, helping to surpass the 2016 record giving of $14.9 million.

UNCW donors can designate which colleges or programs receive their gifts.

The 2016-17 fiscal year saw an increase in both number of donors and overall gifts. In total, the university received 16,803 gifts, with 87 percent of them denominations of $250 or less. This year’s gifts also includes the largest philanthropic commitment in school history, a $5 million gift from former UNCW faculty member Yousry Sayed, and his wife Linda, a UNCW alumna.

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