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Our Work

Division Units and the UNC Foundation

Visit the directory to connect with a member of the staff or contact advancement@unco.edu for general questions and assistance.

Alumni & Community Relations

Building and engaging a network of alumni and friends in support of UNC students drives the work of alumni relations staff and volunteers. The team, led by Assistant Vice President for Alumni & Community Relations Lyndsey Crum ’05, manages UNC’s growing alumni and community relationships, facilitates student-alumni career connections, provides alumni career services, and coordinates alumni outreach and engagement for the academic colleges and student affairs programs. Additionally, the team directs official university events including Commencement, State of the University, Honored Alumni Awards, as well as alumni, donor, and community events hosted in Colorado and around the country.


Every gift to UNC, no matter the size or designation, will make a difference and advance UNC’s highest priority – its students. The development team is responsible for managing the relationships and philanthropic strategies that advance and support student education, faculty research, and community service and impact. Under the leadership of Assistant Vice President For Development Jenny Shoop ’08, the team works closely with local, national and corporate constituents to connect donor passion with institutional priorities including increasing student scholarship support, investments in DEI initiatives, and investments linked to UNC's ten-year strategic plan Rowing, Not Drifting 2030. The Development team is currently in the planning stages of the Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 Campaign, a nine-figure multi-year effort to raise gifts and commitments needed to help UNC deliver on its 2030 vision.


Advancement Operations

Executive Director of Advancement Operations Clare Buttry, leads Advancement operations and annual giving staff in the oversight of direct mail and telephone solicitation, crowdfunding campaigns like Bears Give Back, donor and alumni analytics, reporting, and gift processing. Additionally, the team manages UNC’s alumni and donor database which tracks constituent career data, engagement and giving history, and institutional relationships and affinities.


Marketing & Communication

In alignment with UNC’s strategic plan, the marketing and communications team, which is led by Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communication Debbie Farris, drives the communication strategy and market development that helps UNC accomplish its priority of becoming a Student First university. The team employs storytelling, media engagement, marketing and creative services, and effective brand management to aid admissions in recruiting future Bears, amplify faculty research and scholarship, celebrate the success of alumni achievement, and demonstrate the impact of philanthropic involvement.

UNC Foundation

With leadership from its President and Board of Directors, the University of Northern Colorado Foundation is entrusted to provide support and steward donations for the University of Northern Colorado and as such works in alignment with University Advancement and is seen as a critical department within the greater advancement team.

In 1966 one of Greeley’s most prominent leaders, Judy Farr, recognized the need for enhanced financial support for unmet needs at Colorado State College.  In an initiative led by Judy and other alumni and community leaders, the Colorado State College Foundation, now the University of Northern Colorado Foundation, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) for the purpose of promoting the general welfare and growth of the University of Northern Colorado. Since inception, the Foundation has accrued over $145 million dollars in endowed and current-use assets through university fundraising efforts and investment growth and provides a significant source of enhanced financial assistance for scholarships, faculty support, and program enhancements. 

The President and staff of the Foundation work across the units of University Advancement to enhance the Division’s work in support of UNC.

Additional Resources

  • Alumni and Donor Data Use and Requests

    Alumni and donor data is housed in the Raiser's Edge and is managed by the division's advancement services staff for the purpose of official university business.

    Data Request Form

    Restricted Use of Data Agreement

  • Employee Giving, Team UNC and Payroll Deduction

    UNC faculty and staff generously support university programs and student scholarships with their annual support and together form Team UNC. Team UNC donations can be made through payroll deduction, one-time gifts or the monthly sustaining donor program.

    Join Team UNC

    Payroll Deduction Form

  • University Events and Official Functions

    University Advancement is responsible for directing university events which are defined as events that:

    • Engage a high proportion of external constituents;
    • Serve to accomplish a strategic university priority or objective; or
    • Require substantial investment of university time and funding in execution

    University events carry the presidential standard of hospitality and our team ensures each experience effectively builds UNC's brand recognition and the institutional relationships that are crucial to accelerating engagement in and support for UNC's commitment to student success. Staff organize all aspects of the event to include logistics, data, promotion, programming and guest hospitality.

    Faculty and staff may initiate an event request through their assigned ASC communication specialist or directly through the division's university events team by contacting events@unco.edu.

    Additionally, all events must comply with state and university official function, contract, purchase and travel policies. For questions or assistance please contact the University Events team at events@unco.edu.

  • Alumni Career Information

    The division tracks alumni career and employment information in the Raiser's Edge database. This data is useful in understanding alumni career outcomes, building strategic partnerships, and promoting the strength of UNC's career-relevant curriculum. Please use the data request form to request program specific information.

    If you have questions about alumni careers and/or wish to bring career successful alumni to campus for a class or program, please contact alumni@unco.edu for assistance.

  • Submit News or Events

    Visit the UNC Newsroom to submit your university news, announcements and/or events to share with the university community.

  • Fund Set Up, Use and Balance Reporting

    For information regarding the accounts and balances at the UNC Foundation, please contact the Foundation at 970-351-2034

  • Thanking Donors for their Gifts

    Every gift made in support of UNC makes a difference. Recognizing the difference our donors make is an important part of the division's work. If you have questions regarding the gift acknowledgment processes, please reach out to donor.relations@unco.edu.