Pirate Nation Gives raises $8.6 million for university initiatives

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -East Carolina University’s eighth annual Pirate Nation Gives this Wednesday surpassed set goals and raised more than $8.6 million, according to the university.

The university said the funds will go towards university priorities like student scholarships, health care initiatives, athletics, and faculty support programs. Over 2,800 alumni and friends donated during the 24-hour period.

ECU says students, staff, and faculty hosted several on-campus events for the fundraiser as well, with several social media-related challenges happening across the campus. According to ECU, funds raised by student-led events were 16% of the total.

“Thank you, Pirate Nation, for being part of an outstanding day of giving at ECU. We asked for you to make an impact on the university and you rose to the challenge,” Chancellor Philip Rogers said. “Your gifts and enthusiastic support of ECU allow the university to boldly pursue our mission. Because of you, ECU students will have more access to a top-tier education and more opportunities to participate in innovative initiatives and experiential learning programs. ECU will continue to transform and uplift the region we call home.”