Alumni and Friends Extend Bonnie Cone's Legacy through Gifts

Members of the Bonnie E. Cone Society at Duke Mansion.
May 15, 2019

Alumni, faculty, staff and friends of UNC Charlotte recently gathered at the Duke Mansion for the annual Bonne E. Cone Society Luncheon.

This special group of friends have named the UNC Charlotte Foundation as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Commonly donated through wills or trusts, planned gifts can include charitable gift annuities or gifts of life insurance. These planned gifts have strengthened and advanced the University through student scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, enhanced campus experiences and impactful research initiatives.

This annual luncheon is a way for the University to acknowledge and express appreciation for such generous donors. UNC Charlotte is in the midst of its largest capital campaign in history, Exponential, with a goal of $200 million. To date, the campaign has raised $177.6 million, with over $31 million coming from planned gifts. Exponential is truly transforming UNC Charlotte by providing scholarships and resources to students, research opportunities for faculty and reaffirming the University’s position as an economic engine for the Charlotte region.

“Miss Bonnie worked tirelessly for the University to motivate students, win friends and attract benefactors,” said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. “She believed that fundraising must be an educational priority, and she made a planned gift through a bequest to UNC Charlotte in addition to many lifetime gifts. Thank you for following Miss Bonnie’s lead in making a planned gift to UNC Charlotte.”

Cone, affectionately known by most who knew her as Miss Bonnie, kept a special saying from Edward Everett Hale on her desk – words that she modeled her life after. “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do, and what I ought to do, by the Grace of God, I will do.”

Dr. Karen Cox, a professor of history at UNC Charlotte and founding director of the graduate public history program was the featured speaker at the luncheon. She recently made a substantial gift from her retirement account to establish two funds, both for members of historically marginalized and/or underrepresented groups. One is a scholarship fund for graduate students seeking a degree in US history and the other is a mid-career faculty development fund to provide resources including course release for scholarly work for faculty seeking tenure, with priority given to faculty in history, women's studies, or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

View more photos from the luncheon on the University’s Flickr site.

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