49er Family Fund & Family Giving

The 49er Family Fund is the UNC Charlotte Foundation initiative specifically designated for family giving. This fund is supported by the parents and family members of current and former UNC Charlotte students, and all funds donated throughout the year go directly back to support and enhance the student experience on campus.

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The 49er Family Fund annually allocates grants to campus initiatives related to student life at UNC Charlotte. These allocations help fund programming on campus that might otherwise be unable to be funded by a campus department, student organizations, etc. The 49er Family Fund seeks to serve as a funding catalyst for innovative, high-impact programs that benefit the larger UNC Charlotte campus community.


The goals of the 49er Family Fund Student Life Allocations are defined by the values of New Student & Family Services: Courage, Equity, Growth, and Connection. The goals are:

  • To promote interaction among the campus community (students, faculty, staff, alumni)
  • To ensure recurring and consistent programming
  • To advance cross-cultural awareness or educational growth
  • To promote healthy lifestyles amongst the student body
  • To provide leadership or service opportunities
  • To provide opportunities to develop students as ethically engaged members of the community 
  • To promote UNC Charlotte spirit and traditions
  • To support new students (freshman and transfer) as they become acclimated to UNC Charlotte


2021-2022 Funded Programs

  • TEDxUNCCharlotte*, Leadership & Community Engagement
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates Lecture, Center for Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Get the CLUES: The Help Seeking Protocol is Not Meant to be a Mystery, Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
  • Know Before You Go: Success in Study Abroad, Education Abroad & International Programs
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Cohort, University Career Center
  • Adult Students Ambassadors Program, Adult Students & Evening Services
  • New First-Year & Transfer Student Receptions, College of Arts + Architecture

*Returning grant recipient

^Due to COVID-19, the grant program was suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year

2018-2019 Funded Programs

  • Gantt Center Event, Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion
  • Internship Support Program, University Career Center
  • TEDxUNCCharlotte, Leadership & Community Engagement
  • Government, Security, and Police Networking Mixer & Mini-Career Fair, University Career Center
  • Professional Clothing Closet*, University Career Center
  • OutSpoken Speaker Series*, Center for Counseling & Psychological Services
  • International Education Week, Office of International Education
  • Backpacking Trip*, Venture
  • Career Trek to Washington, D.C., University Career Center
  • First-Year Writing Study, University Writing Program First-Year Writing
  • Family Council Student Scholarship Endowment, Family Council/Student Affairs

*Returning grant recipient

2017-2018 Funded Programs

  • Dean's Tailgate (Alcohol-Free)*, Dean of Students Office
  • Internship Support Program, University Career Center
  • Student Conduct Videos, Office of Student Conduct
  • Inclusivity Career Mixer, University Career Center
  • Professional Clothing Closet, University Career Center
  • OutSpoken Speaker Series*, Center for Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Welcome Global Niners, Office of International Education
  • Backpacking Trip to Southern Appalachians, Venture
  • CHHS Safer Sex Station, Department of Public Health

*Returning grant recipient

2016-2017 Funded Programs

  • The 49er Institute: Building a Noble Niner, Center for Leadership Development
  • Outspoken Speaker Series, Counseling Center
  • CLAS Faculty/Staff Talent Show, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences & CLASS ACT Student Advisory Group
  • Forty-Niner Speaker Series, Center for Leadership Development
  • Non-Profit Career Program, University Career Center
  • University Tailgate (Alcohol-Free Event), Office of Student Conduct & Center for Wellness Promotions