Friday, December 11, 2020

A Time When Michael Jordan Fell Short, Yet Proved His Commitment


Formerly a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) football quarterback, Matt Kupec has been a results-driven university fundraising consultant for many years. In a blog article on his website titled "My Favorite Michael Jordan Story,” Matt Kupec brings focus to a player who came back into the spotlight in 2020 with the release of the ESPN documentary Last Dance.


Over the course of two decades as UNC’s vice chancellor for advancement, Mr. Kupec had the chance to meet fellow Tar Heel alum Michael Jordan on many occasions. One memorable moment occurred when he was providing a campus tour to a high school senior who was trying to decide whether to attend UNC.

Seeing Jordan at the breakfast buffet at the Siena Hotel, Mr. Kupec invited the NBA legend to sit down with the prospective student. As he described it, Jordan “was all in” and spent 20 minutes chatting with the high school student, making a case for UNC as a great academic choice.

Despite Jordan’s best efforts, the student ultimately went with the University of Virginia. The two UNC alums had a laugh at their next meeting about Jordan “not being able a close the deal.” The story does, however, illustrate Jordan’s commitment to his basketball roots and willingness to proactively promote his former college.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Volunteering with CASE



A resident of Carbondale, Illinois, Matt Kupec earned a master of science in education administration from Hofstra University and serves on the senior in-house fundraising counsel at the Southern Illinois University Foundation. Matt Kupec maintains membership with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

A global nonprofit association, CASE works to promote educational advancement and address challenges within education that affect learning institutions. CASE depends on a network of volunteers possessing varying levels of experience and expertise to carry out its objectives.

Annually, over 350 volunteer leaders donate their time to work in positions on the organization’s boards and advisory groups, whereas 3,200 additional professionals serve as presenters, authors, organizers, and in other roles. Volunteers might serve at a single event or volunteer in a role that is open for a multi-year-term commitment.

CASE volunteers receive multiple benefits for dedicating their time and effort to supporting the organization, including expanding their network of professional contacts. They are also exposed to new ideas and perspectives and have the opportunity to develop professionally and gain leadership experience. 

A Time When Michael Jordan Fell Short, Yet Proved His Commitment

Formerly a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) football quarterback, Matt Kupec has been a results-driven university fundrais...