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Emily Boone
Position: Director of Development - Annual Giving
Alma Mater: North Carolina, 2003
Emily Boone Profile
Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
Release: 11/20/2012

Emily Boone was promoted to Director of Development – Annual Giving on March 7, 2014, after  joining the staff as the Donor Relations Manager in 2012. She oversees Annual Fund operations, external communications and game day VIP hospitality for the Hurricane Club.

Under her leadership, the Hurricane Club’s Annual Fund has grown from 5,500 members in 2012 to 6,900 members in 2013, which included 2,500 new members totaling $1 million in new donations. In 2014, the Hurricane Club expects to reach 7,500 members. Boone has also implemented customer service and stewardship initiatives for the Hurricane Club, and has implemented procedures to make the Hurricane Club renewal process more efficient and donor-friendly.

Boone has played an important role in the branding and communication efforts of the Hurricane Club, which has resulted in national recognition and, more importantly, increased philanthropic messaging to Hurricane Club members. In 2014, the Hurricane Club won a National Advertising Telly Award for video production for the Hurricane Club’s Building Champions campaign, and a CASE Award for the 2013 Annual Giving Brochure.

Prior to joining the Hurricane Club, Boone was the Associate Director of Membership at The Rams Club with the University of North Carolina Athletic Department. She was responsible for the management and coordination of tickets and parking assignments for Rams Club members, and the solicitation and cultivation of Annual Fund donors. While with The Rams Club, she was a part of an annual fund campaign that raised $11.5 million, and boasted a 94 percent donor retention rate. Boone also played a key role in the development and implementation of the Kenan Stadium Equity Seating Plan, and assisted in raising funds and selling premium seats that benefited the Kenan Stadium Expansion capital campaign.

Before moving into development, Boone worked in the UNC Athletic Ticket Office as Assistant Director and was a member of the office staff for the UNC men's basketball program.

Boone graduated from North Carolina in 2003 with a bachelor's degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While working at UNC, she earned her master's degree in sport administration from UNC in 2010.

A native of Brevard, N.C., she currently lives in Coral Gables with her husband, Josh, who is Assistant AD for Business Operations at the University of Miami. The couple has one daughter, Mackenzie.

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