Campus Y at a Glance

  • 2,000 student volunteers
  • 32 social justice committees
  • 100,000 service hours per year
  • Supporting 13 local nonprofits
  • Volunteering overseas in more than 40 countries a year
  • Incubating 14 ventures, addressing issues including clean water, clean tech, food insecurity, chronic illness, and STEM and arts education
  • Providing workshops on non-profit leadership and seminars on social capital, immigration, poverty, entrepreneurship, and social movements

“The Beating Heart” of Carolina

The Campus Y is the largest and oldest public service organization at UNC and one of the most prominent in US higher education. For 156 years it has been the place at Carolina where students grapple with the most persistent social problems – from affordable housing, food security, public health, and education to youth development, human rights, immigration, and the environment. Our students don’t just debate these issues at the Y; they take action on them day in and day out – by building relationships with community leaders, volunteering with local non-profits, and operating student organizations and social ventures that address critical human needs.

In our four-story building at the center of historic North campus, students, faculty and staff weave together elements of Academic and Student Affairs, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate and professional schools. Together, we form a resilient community for social justice advocacy and social innovation. It is why Bill Friday, former president of the UNC system, described the Y as “the beating heart” of Carolina.

You can help the Campus Y inspire, empower, and equip the next generation of Carolina students. Your donations can be targeted specifically to support our 32 student committees, our Bonner Leaders Program, our social innovation hub (CUBE), or our one-of-a-kind Global Gap Year Fellowship. This giving guide helps you to match your interests with the Y’s greatest needs. We’d love for you to be part of the Y’s successes in translating ideas for social change into measurable and sustained impact. Please make a gift today! And do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions.


The Campus Y Reserve Fund (Director’s Fund)

Campus Y – Ed Schultz Reserve Fund (606030) Give Now

The Y Reserve Fund is used by the Campus Y Director to support core program activities across the entire organization – public service locally and overseas, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy – wherever they are needed most. The flexibility of this fund is its greatest asset. Click the image on the left to donate.





Student Social Justice Programming

Campus Y – The Anne Queen Social Justice Fund (606031) Give Now

How do we effectively fight for social justice in our community and address critical local social needs? Building on a tradition that reaches back over a century and a half and has encompassed the civil rights, free speech, workers’ rights and anti-war movements, as well as school desegregation, to name a few signature efforts, Campus Y students today deliver more than 100,000 hours of public service every year at home and abroad. Gifts to this Fund go directly to the student Executive Board and Cabinet to support student programming and operations, including seed funding for volunteer projects and capacity building for student leadership. Click on the image of Kierra Campbell to hear Campus Y student voices on issues of social justice. Click here to watch a video of the Campus Y in action!


Social Innovation Initiative and CUBE Incubator

Campus Y – The Thom Hartmann Social Innovation Fund (602410) Give Now

How can we start-up and scale social ventures and triple bottom line businesses with the capacity to address the most pressing problems facing our world? In 2011 the Y established CUBE, a social innovation incubator located on the 3rd floor of our building to help our emerging leaders utilize the research capacity and infrastructure of a world-class university in order to pilot social ventures. CUBE offers 24/7 co-working space and seed funding to a dozen social start-ups each year. Leaders receive training on topics ranging from business planning and human-centered design to lean start-up methodology and social marketing. We connect these ventures to pro bono legal, accounting, marketing, and assessment services. CUBE weaves together the schools of law, business, global public health, journalism, social work, and education, as well as UNC’s Public Policy Department into a support network to help our young entrepreneurs translate their ideas for social change into measurable social impact in the community. Gifts to this Fund help staff the program, provide seed funding for ventures, and provide high quality capacity building workshops. Click the photo of Patrick and Anne to read about their CUBE ventures, MedServe.



Diversity: the Campus Y (“Bonner”) Leaders Program

Campus Y – The Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Diversity Fund (605058) Give Now

How do we ensure that the next generation of public service leaders and social entrepreneurs across North Carolina reflect the diversity of our state? The Campus Y has created an intensive four-year leadership program for 50 undergraduates, who perform more than 1000 hours of service at a local nonprofit addressing education, youth development, food scarcity, or community development, and participate in 150 hours of leadership development over the span of their college careers. In return, they receive federal work-study stipends that are earmarked for community service by students from low-income backgrounds. Gifts to this Fund help staff the program, replace cuts in work-study funding, and provide summer public service internships and other enrichment activities for students. Click the image to see a video on how Bonner Leader Daron Holman‘s (’15) post-graduate service as an Emerson Hunger Fellow.


Global Engagement and Service-Learning

Campus Y – The Kerry Kennedy Global Engagement Fund (606169) Give Now

How do we help students become global citizens with the cross-cultural competencies, professional and life skills to succeed in the 21st century? How do we help them explore model social justice programs in other parts of the world and adapt these models to circumstances here in North Carolina? Gifts to this Fund support fellowships for incoming undergraduates who embark on a year of public service abroad before they come to Carolina, provide grants for summer student service projects abroad during summers, support capacity-building workshops and speakers on global ethics and culture throughout the year, and enable our staff to advise and counsel students as they integrate their global experiences into their academic and professional careers. Want to know more about our Global Gap Year Fellowship? Click on the image of Kalli to get to know our “gappers” in the field.



richard harrill brick

“Buy a Brick” Student Campaign

Campus Y – Y Buy a Brick Campaign (606232) Give Now

Pay it forward while memorializing your time at the Y. Engrave your name or a message on a new brick placed outside our historic building for $150 ($100 if you’re a current student). You can have three rows of up to 18 characters.

Note: Whether you choose to pay online or by check, you must fill out a Brick Order Form and mail it to the Campus Y.