Sponsorship Opportunities



“LOYAL and BOLD,
we’re the
PURPLE and GOLD,
we are the PIRATES of ECU!”

Taken from the ECU fight song, these are words not taken lightly by members of the Pirate Nation. East Carolina alumni are some of the most devoted in the country, and they are open to the opportunities and benefits presented by the East Carolina Alumni Association. It’s a marketer’s dream: to reach a well-educated, affluent audience that possess extremely high brand loyalty. In a 2015 survey of alumni, 87.5% described themselves as “loyal or very loyal” to ECU.

The East Carolina Alumni Association provides the ideal platform on which to promote your brand, launch new products, meet new clients, and align yourself with the alumni association brand. Use the alumni association and its position with alumni as a partner to give your company significant promotion and presence.

We offer sponsors an opportunity to support the East Carolina Alumni Association through both yearlong sponsorships as well as individual events. Sponsorships are a wonderful opportunity for businesses and individuals to support alumni scholarships and programs while earning positive PR for your organization or business. As our premier event of the year, the prestige of the Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony offers a valuable brand alignment opportunity for an organization that represents excellence and quality. Our Buccaneer Buffet tailgate is the alumni association’s highest capacity series of events and provides the best cost-to-benefit ratio. With roughly 400 people attending each event prior to all six home football games, the Buccaneer Buffet is a wonderful occasion to capitalize on the atmosphere of tradition and love for ECU.

We offer companies and organizations a cost-effective and proven way to reach a wider, regional audience. We have various opportunities to fit a variety of budgets and a sponsorship program can be designed to meet your company’s needs and goals. The East Carolina Alumni Association is committed to working with our partners to offer excellent return on investment.

From fall reunions and homecoming to golf tournaments and family-friendly events that highlight exciting programs at the university, the East Carolina Alumni Association can offer you the perfect marketing mix to reach alumni. We look forward to discussing your opportunities.

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"My wife and I both graduated from ECU and we are both lifetime members of the Alumni Association. We've always had a devotion to East Carolina, and because we gained so much from our education, we think lifetime membership is a great way to give back to the University. I would recommend lifetime membership to anyone who went to East Carolina. There are many wonderful benefits, and it's very special."

Jerry '65 and Joanie '65 Tolley

"I am a member of the alumni association because it provides an opportunity for me to connect to the university, renew relationships through alumni events, and help attract potential students to ECU. As an active member of the alumni association, I have the chance to serve as an advocate for the university through volunteerism. Being a member along with my son as a fellow Pirate demonstrates commitment and builds a legacy within our family."

Linda Thomas '81

"I am a member because ECU is my second home. Staying connected not only allows me to give back to the university but also inspire the next generation of pirates."

Tim Willis '12

"I am a member of the Alumni Association because I want everyone to know what East Carolina means to me and how much pride and love I have for ECU. Being a member means the world to me, and is the one way that I can give back and stay connected to the place that gave me the best years of my life."

Jeremy Woodard '01

"I am a member of the alumni association because I appreciate how well ECU prepared me for my business career. I enjoy contributing to the alumni association's efforts to provide scholarships for some of our best and brightest students. The Alumni Association does a great job of providing ways for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and I hope when they do they enjoy it as much as I do. I believe in what ECU stands for and my membership helps me feel a part of the great things ECU is accomplishing!"

Wes Johnson '85