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Cato College of Education

At the Cato College of Education, we are committed to preparing teachers, counselors, and school leaders who will provide all youth with access to the highest quality education possible and to meet the needs of all students, regardless of their backgrounds. A quality education is a fundamental right of all people. Join our tireless efforts to move that right from an idea to a reality. 

Join us in celebrating 50 years of the Cato College of Education. Contribute to the continuation of our legacy of learning by supporting students and educators everywhere!

Up for the Challenge? 

Give to any fund in the Cato College of Education to take advantage of these challenges!

  • Alumnus Dick Whitfield '68 and longtime educator, Reverend Jackie Whitfield, who obtained her Principal's Certification at UNC Charlotte, are challenging Niner Nation to support teachers during #NinerNationGives by making a gift to the Whitfield Early Childhood Education Scholarship! 25 gifts to this fund will unlock their generous $2,500 reward.
  • Cato College of Education Dean, Dr. Malcolm Butler, and his wife, Dr. Vikki Gaskin-Butler, have challenged alumni and friends to support Niner University Elementary at Amay James, UNC Charlotte's very own elementary school. All gifts will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $1,049. Double your impact and support today!
  • Did you graduate in the last decade?! If so, alumni couple Gene '73 and Vickie '71, '82 Johnson are challenging all colleges to reach 49 young alumni donors during #NinerNationGives. Each college that succeeds will unlock a $4,900 reward. The college that hits the goal first will also win a bonus $4,900! Give now to shape what's next for the Cato College of Education. 

Shape What's Next for Cato College of Education

Educator Appreciation

The Cato College of Education is recognizing our Niner educators by accepting gifts in their honor from appreciative students, family, friends and colleagues. 

Gifts will support current students and college initiatives aiming to fulfill the college’s vision. After making your gift in any amount, email wcitty@uncc.edu to share your honored education professional’s name, story, and a photograph, if you’d like. The College will reach out to those who have been honored with an acknowledgement via email. We’ll also share selected stories on our social media channels and website.

Niner University Elementary

Niner University Elementary (NUE) is a public school created and led by education experts at UNC Charlotte. The school helps young students discover the joy of learning, and foster the growth of empathy and responsibility through knowledge. NUE is located in west Charlotte in the Reid Park neighborhood, and supports students from high needs, lower-performing schools. Help us provide quality instruction, facilities and student experience to our young learners.

Summer Reading Clinic

Our summer reading clinic provides free, literacy-rich experiences for Charlotte elementary students while helping researchers uncover best practices for programs of the future. The camp supports students who are struggling with reading and participants have shown significant improvement in reading skills.

Richard and Jacqueline Whitfield Early Childhood Education Scholarship

Through the establishment of this scholarship, Dick and Jackie Whitfield are encouraging future educators, especially those focused on birth through kindergarten education for at-risk populations, an area in which Jackie has tirelessly served. Join their efforts to support students pursuing this critical area in the teaching.

Cato Teaching Discovery Mural

The Cato Teaching Discovery Mural is located at the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte in honor of teachers, counselors, and school leaders everywhere. Contributions of any amount help maintain and improve the mural and support the Cato College of Education's mission to prepare highly effective and ethical professionals whose work positively impacts the people and organizations they serve. The mural is designed to be a destination for classrooms and general public visitors, and provides an innovative, unique teaching tool for students of all ages.

Last Gift of #NNG Challenge
Shoutout to Zoe Weatherington for making the LAST GIFT of #NinerNationGives! Zoe's gift in honor of her mother, Charlotte 49ers Volleyball Coach Karen Weatherington, has unlocked a bonus $250 for volleyball. Thank you Zoe!
UNLOCKED: Wear Green Wednesday Social Media Challenge
What an incredible "Wear Green Wednesday," Niner Nation. Thank you to everyone that shared their UNC Charlotte pride today, and thank you to Jimmy Touchstone '93 for your inspirational school spirit! 49 pics have unlocked Jimmy's $490 reward.
First Time Donor Challenge
Thank you for supporting #NinerNationGives for the first time! An anonymous alumna of CLAS has unlocked the $250 prize for the college. Go Niners!
*NEW* Support Scholarships Challenge
You did it AGAIN! 75 more gifts in support of UNC Charlotte scholarships have unlocked Susan Jamison's $4,900 reward. We are blown away by your generosity, Niners. You have helped shape what's next for the University's 75th anniversary!
627 / 627 Gifts
49er Faculty & Staff Giving Challenge
THANK YOU, Faculty & Staff! Your support and dedication to Niner Nation is greatly appreciated, and truly shapes what's next for UNC Charlotte every single day. 500 faculty and staff have supported #NinerNationGives, unlocking Keith and Diane Wassum's generous $50,000 reward for scholarships. Go Niners!
500 / 500 Donors
$1,949 for 1,949 Alumni!
The Alumni Association is so thankful for the dedicated support of our alumni at UNC Charlotte. They have awarded #NinerNationGives with the full $1,949 reward in response to your generosity, alumni! Thank you!
Early Bird Challenge
Thank you for kicking off day 2 of #NinerNationGives, early risers! The Bank of America UNC Charlotte Alumni Scholarship received the most gifts this morning, unlocking a bonus $250 for the fund.
*TIMED EVENT* Baker Bonus Bucks
Congratulations to the Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship! This fund received the most support from 4p.m. to 8p.m., unlocking the Bakers' $250 bonus bucks!
1,946th Gift
Sending a big #NinerNationGives shout out to current UNC Charlotte senior Hope Robinson '22! She has unlocked a bonus $500 for Formula SAE IC. Thank you, Hope!
Dean Butler's NUE Match Challenge
Dean Butler's NUE match of $1,049 has been fully unlocked thanks to your support, Niner Nation! Thank you for shaping what's next at our University's elementary school at Amay James.
$1,049 MATCHED
Early Childhood Education Challenge
YOU DID IT! Dick and Jackie Whitfield continue to support future teachers at UNC Charlotte and have generously increased their #NinerNationGives reward to $12,500! Thank you so much to the Whitfields and to all Niners that gave back to the Early Childhood Education Scholarship during NNG.
25 / 25 Gifts
Kevin Bailey Student Challenge
THANK YOU STUDENTS! 1,049 student gifts during #NinerNationGives have unlocked Kevin Bailey's $1,049 reward. Go Niners!
RACE TO 49: Young Alumni Challenge
CONGRATULATIONS, CLAS! The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was the first to reach 49 young alumni donors, unlocking an additional $4,900 prize from Gene '73 and Vickie '71, '82 Johnson. Thank you all so much for supporting #NinerNationGives!
75th Anniversary Chancellor Challenge
Thank you for celebrating UNC Charlotte's 75th Anniversary, Niner Nation! By supporting scholarships during #NinerNationGives, you have helped shape what's next for our University. 75 alumni have unlocked Chancellor Gaber's $4,900 reward for needed scholarships.
75 / 75 Donors
149 Minute Scholarship Challenge!
YOU DID IT! 49 gifts in support of scholarships at UNC Charlotte in just 149 minutes have unlocked Joanna Gammon's $249 reward. Thank you Niners!
49 / 49 Gifts
Battle of the Units!
Charlotte 49ers Athletics is the winner of this year's $NinerNationGives Battle of the Units! Thank you to all areas of our great University for participating.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Charlotte 49ers Athletics 1,022
2 Student Affairs 458
3 William States Lee College of Engineering 434
4 Belk College of Business 241
5 College of Arts + Architecture 214
Niner Students 2:1 Match Challenge
THANK YOU STUDENTS! Your gifts have been matched 2:1 by Gene and Vickie Johnson. We are blown away by your support of #NinerNationGives.
$14,074 MATCHED
Battle of the Graduating Classes
Shout out to the class of 1992 for securing the most gifts during #NinerNationGives! You have ranked #1 for this year's Battle of the Graduating Classes. Thank you!
Graduation year
Rank Answer Gifts
1 1992 53
2 2020 47
3 2019 44
4 2018 44
5 2010 43
6 2015 43
7 2017 43
8 1993 40
9 2023 39
10 2012 39
11 2014 37
12 2021 35
13 2022 35
14 2007 35
15 2008 34
Farthest Niner Challenge
BIG thank you to Geography alum Daidai Shen '20! Your gift all the way from Shanghai, China has unlocked a bonus $250 for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences! #NinerNationGives is shaping what's next at UNC Charlotte all across the globe.
UNLOCKED: Turn the Map GREEN Challenge
WE DID IT! Niners across the USA have turned the map GREEN for #NinerNationGives, unlocking our challenger's bonus $500 prize! Thank you!
Greek Chapter Giving Leaderboard
You did it! Kappa Delta has topped this year's Greek leaderboard. THANK YOU to our entire Greek community for supporting #NinerNationGives.
Greek Organization
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Kappa Delta 109
2 Delta Sigma Phi 74
3 Pi Kappa Phi 62
4 Zeta Beta Tau 53
5 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 25
6 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 25
7 Lambda Chi Alpha 15
8 Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority 15
9 Lambda Theta Phi 11
10 Alpha Delta Pi 10
11 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity 8
12 Phi Delta Theta 8
13 Alpha Chi Omega 7
14 Sigma Kappa 7
15 Delta Zeta 7
Young Alumni Battle of the Colleges - Education
Thank you for participating in #NinerNationGives, young alumni of Cato College! Your gifts have inspired Gene and Vickie Johnson to contribute their generous $4,900 reward for the college of education.
Cato College Mural Match Challenge
Thank you for honoring our teachers in memory of Eric Ward '97, Niners. Your support of the Cato Teaching Discovery Mural has inspired the challenger to complete the full $1,000 match.
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