UNC Greensboro Foundation

About Us

The UNC Greensboro Foundation’s mission is to promote UNC Greensboro’s focus on excellence, opportunity, access, and impact by supporting fundraising initiatives and serving as stewards of Foundation resources. The Foundation serves as a governance board, operating for the benefit of UNC Greensboro by securing, holding, and investing funds and other assets. We support University initiatives and champion programs to develop awareness and support the University.


In 1966, 42 local business and civic leaders joined forces to establish The Excellence Fund, Inc. as a North Carolina nonprofit. The charter stated that the fund would “promote, by financial assistance and otherwise, excellence in higher education, service, and research in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”

In the following years, the Excellence Fund grew, both in contributions and program support for the University. After a multi-year campaign to raise $1 million, the fund reached its initial goal in 1973.

Today this organization manages approximately $150 million in combined revenue and assets. Going through a few name changes over the years, The Excellence Fund, Inc. is now legally recognized as The UNCG Excellence Foundation Inc., and locally referred to as the UNC Greensboro Foundation.

The UNCG Excellence Foundation, Inc. is exempt from federal income tax under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to The UNCG Excellence Foundation, Inc. are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.