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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. 

Up for the Challenge? 

Support the Cato College of Education to take advantage of these challenges!

  • 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. 100 gifts in support of NUE will unlock Dean Butler's $1,049 reward!
  • It Takes a Nation to build Charlotte, Niners! Associate Vice Chancellor for Development Penny Hawkins has challenged Cato alumni and friends to make 49 gifts to the Cato College of Education Dean's Excellence Fund during #NinerNationGives. Her $1,049 reward will unlock when the goal is reached!
  • After school challenge: Support future Niner Educators for Niner Nation Gives! If [10] gifts are made to any Cato College fund from 4-6 p.m. on April 10, a bonus $149 gift from Dean Butler will unlock!

It takes a Nation to support Cato College of Education

Cato College of Education Dean's Excellence Fund

The Cato College of Education Dean's Excellence Fund provides resources necessary to support the mission and vision of college. This fund ensures Education students have access to a degree in education, that they learn from the best faculty, and that they have the hands-on experiences that truly prepares them for the classrooms, schools, and communities of today and the future.

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.

Teaching Fellows Fund

The Charlotte Teaching Fellows Program recruits and supports future Special Education and STEM teachers to serve as top-quality educators upon graduation. Your support for the Teaching Fellows Fund provides teacher education candidates with opportunities for diverse, cultural, travel, and experiential experiences beyond the college classroom and their clinical placements. Established through a generous gift, the fund helps grow the next generation of teachers.

Ambassador You+2 Winner #5
CONGRATULATIONS to Krystle Kunnathur '18 '21, a member of the School of Professional Studies team, for being our 5th and final ambassador to with the You+2 drawing. Thank you for spreading the word about NNG, Krystle! $500 bonus bucks will be awarded to the fund of your choice.
Ambassador You+2 Winner #2
Congratulations to Zoe Ziegler '24 for being our second winner of the You+2 bonus bucks challenge! She has unlocked a $500 gift for her fund of choice, LSP ASPIRE. Thank you Zoe!
Ambassador You+2 Winner #4
We are sending a big Niner thank you to alumnus Micah Gaddy '96 for completing the You+2 ambassador challenge! Micah is the fourth ambassador to unlock a $500 bonus for the fund of his choice. Go Niners!
Congratulations to Alicia Bartosch '05, '06 for securing the most gifts during our Ambassador Power Hour for day one of NNG! Alicia has unlocked $1,000 in bonus bucks for her chosen fund, the ACE Scholarship. Thank you!
Thank you for supporting NNG while the rest of us sleep, Night Owls! LSP ASPIRE recieved the most gifts from 12a.m. to 2a.m., unlocking the $500 of bonus bucks for their fund!
Thank you for giving back, alumni Niners! The area with the most alumni support was LSP ASPIRE, securing $500 bonus bucks from Gene '73 and Vickie '71 Johnson!
BONUS BUCKS: Farthest Niner
Wow! Our farthest Niner in New South Wales, Australia, has unlocked $500 bonus bucks for Formula SAE IC! Thank you to our supporters across the globe!
BONUS BUCKS: Faculty & Staff
We are grateful for those that dedicate their time to UNC Charlotte today and every day! The area to recieve the most faculty & staff support was the Jamil Niner Student Pantry, unlocking the Provost's $500 bonus. Thank you!
Wrapping up DAY 2 of Niner Nation Gives and we are blown away by the green and gold on our timelines today, Niners! THANK YOU for sharing your Wear Green Wednesday swag with us, 49 posts have unlocked Andrew '15 and Emily '15 Baker's $1,000 prize. It truly takes a nation!
NNG Student Giving 2:1 Match!
Thank you, student Niners! You have TRIPLED your impact thanks to Gene and Vickie's generous 2:1 match for student giving.
$5,000 MATCHED
Cato College of Education FINAL HOURS Challenge
YOU DID IT! 15 gifts on the final day of NNG in support of the Cato College of Education have unlocked Dean Butler's bonus $149 for the school. Thank you!
15 / 15 Gifts
Thank you, Niners! The area to secure the most gifts during the last 49 minutes of NNG was the Homesley Memorial Bench, which honors the memory of Mr. John Gary Homesley '67, a proud 49er Legacy Alumnus. An additional $2,490 has unlocked for the fund!
Ambassador You+2 Winner #3
You did it! Poli Sci alumna Grace Fendrick '20 is our third You+2 winner, unlocking $500 bonus bucks for the fund of her choice. Thank you for being an amazing NNG Ambassador, Grace!
Ambassador You+2 Winner #1
HUGE shout out to alumna Lauren Ware '16, '17 for completing You+2 on the first day of NNG, unlocking a bonus $500 gift for her fund of choice, the TSA Accounting Scholarship! Thank you Lauren!
Our Ambassador Power Hour winner for DAY 2 of NNG is Chris Moxley '04! Chris generated the most support from 12 to 2pm, unlocking a bonus gift of $1,000 for his fund. Thank you Chris!
Thank you, early risers! The program to receive the most gifts between 6 and 8 a.m. this morning was Women's Lacrosse, unlocking the bonus $500!
BONUS BUCKS: Student Niners
BIG thank you to our students, who are at the heart of everything we do, and still give back during NNG! The area with the most student support was the Dick Beekman Scholarship for Student Advocacy, unlocking the $500 bonus bucks from Gene '73 and Vickie '71 '82 Johnson! Thank you!
BONUS BUCKS: You+2 Challenge!
We are so grateful to all of our Niner Nation Gives Ambassadors that completed the You+2 challenge, spreading the word about the wonderful initiatives across our campus. Congratulations to the 5 winners of our You+2 bonus bucks drawing!
4,900 Gift Milestone Challenge
It truly takes a nation to build Charlotte, Niners. THANK YOU for your many gifts throughout Niner Nation Gives, 4,900 gifts have unlocked Susan Jamison's '78 generous $4,900 reward for the University. We did it!
4,900 / 4,900 Gifts
Provost Troyer's Personal Best Leaderboard!
Congratulations to the top 3 units below with the largest percentage increase in NNG participation since last year. We are blown away by your continued generosity. The Provost's awards have been unlocked!
Rank Prize Unit % +/- Goal
1 $2,490 College of Science +383.33% 174
goal: 36
2 $1,490 Levine Scholars Program +53.97% 97
goal: 63
3 $490 Charlotte 49ers Athletics +27.66% 1,523
goal: 1,193
4 College of Computing and Informatics +20.17% 143
goal: 119
5 Student Affairs +11.20% 1,102
goal: 991
Chancellor Gaber's Scholarship Challenge!
Thank you for supporting scholarships, Niner Nation! The scholarship with the most support in 49 hours, the Jaylen C. Moxley Scholarship for Academic Excellence, has unlocked the Chancellor's bonus gift of $2,490!
Greek Chapter Leaderboard
Hey UNC Charlotte Greeks! Let's see which Greek Organization can get the most donations during the 49 hours of #NinerNationGives!
Greek Organization
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Delta Sigma Phi 69
2 Pi Kappa Phi 64
3 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 23
4 Phi Delta Theta 21
5 Sigma Kappa 20
6 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 17
7 Chi Omega 17
8 Kappa Delta 17
9 Lambda Chi Alpha 15
10 Kappa Alpha Psi 13
11 Kappa Sigma 8
12 Alpha Delta Pi 7
13 Kappa Alpha Order 7
14 Chi Phi 6
15 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity 6
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