Building the Future

Digital model of the planned Nursing Education BuildingThe UNC School of Nursing has received a $1 million gift — among the largest in school history — from an anonymous donor. This historic donation was given by a Carolina Nursing alum in her mother’s memory and will support the new Nursing Education Building. With partial funding secured from the state and plans to break ground later this year, Carolina Nursing’s project to build a new state-of-the-art facility is well under way.

This anonymous gift kicks off the public phase of the UNC School of Nursing’s $20 million building campaign, which will run through the completion of the building project in the summer of 2025. To date, more than $8 million in private funds has been raised toward the fundraising goal.

The campaign aims to increase the attendance capacity of the school and improve clinical learning spaces to help prepare students for practicing in the field. Increasing enrollment at the UNC School of Nursing will help tackle the looming nurse shortages facing the state of North Carolina.

Val Howard, dean of the School of Nursing, said this generous gift to support the new nursing education building will have an enduring impact on future Carolina Nursing students.

“The donor’s investment in the future of Carolina Nursing will not only provide our students with a modern and well-equipped space to learn, it also provides an invaluable opportunity for them to be in an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation,” Howard said.

A graduate of Carolina Nursing, the donor wanted to find a meaningful way to invest in the future of the School. “My mother was a nurse for many years,” the donor explained. “She passed away in 2020 during COVID in the care of the nurses at UNC hospitals. This gift will honor my mother’s life and support all the wonderful work taking place at Carolina Nursing.”

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