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Friday, March 2, 2012

Alison DeCinti returns to UNCP’s Office for Advancement

Alison DeCinti has been hired as director of development in the Office for Advancement at UNC Pembroke. She returned to the university in January.

Alison DeCintiDeCinti is a seasoned professional in the field of nonprofit management and philanthropy, including five years at UNCP. In her new role, DeCinti will work in all areas of fundraising: corporate and foundation relations, major and planned gifts, athletics and alumni.

She reports to Wendy Lowery, vice chancellor for the Division of Advancement. “Bringing Alison back to UNCP was one of my first personnel initiatives, and I’m pleased that she agreed,” Lowery said. “Alison brings a sense of passion and energy to the Advancement team, and as we move forward with several ideas to enhance our fundraising efforts her role as the director of development will be vital to our success. 

“Alison will focus on strengthening existing relationships and reaching out to expand our reach to other potential supporters,” Lowery said.

For her part, DeCinti is excited to be back at UNCP where she worked as an assistant director in all areas of institutional development. “UNCP is a university with a strong mission and a great future,” she said. “The Office for Advancement will play an important role in that future.
 
“I have great affection for this university,” she said. “UNCP brought my husband, Mike, and I here.”

Mike DeCinti served as a faculty member in the Department of Mass Communication and currently works as marketing director for Lumberton Radiological Associates. Alison served as executive director for Exploration Station children’s museum in Lumberton and most recently as campaign manager for Discovery Place KIDS in Rockingham.

“I learned a lot at Discovery Place, and I met some tremendous people,” DeCinti said. “It is a small nonprofit with a really big heart that is very successful in connecting donors to their mission. They have an ambitious fundraising campaign, and they are proof that success is possible – even in a bad economy – when you are passionate about your cause.”

Engaging alumni and friends and bringing them to the university will be DeCinti’s goal at UNCP. One of her first assignments is to coordinate and implement successful fundraising initiatives.

“This is a very busy office, and one of our biggest challenges is to plan meaningful events, like “SOS” (Support our Students),” she said. “This event began in 2009 after the economy temporarily impacted our endowment and its ability to provide scholarships.

“In 2012, our students are facing reductions in financial aid,” DeCinti said. “Exceptional institutions find ways to make a difference, and students clearly need our support at this time. SOS, which will take place in August, is about promoting student success.”

DeCinti is also active in community affairs. She is a member of the Robeson County Friends of the Library and volunteered with Book‘em in February to help raise awareness in the importance of literacy. She is also a volunteer with Robeson Road Runners, which stages two major events each year in Lumberton.

A South Carolina native, DeCinti is a graduate of Newberry College, where she was a communications major.

For information about giving at UNCP, please call the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email advancement@uncp.edu.

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