As the mother of two sons and two grandchildren, Carol often stated how proud she was of her family. She enjoyed being involved in their lives, assisting in any way she could to show her love and devotion to her family. At Central Piedmont Community College, Carol established the Thomas J. Sills Veteran Scholarship Endowment in honor of her son Thomas who served three tours of duty in Iraq during his Military Service.
Although Carol displayed remarkable generosity to adult students at UNC Charlotte, she also built a philanthropic legacy through many other university programs as well. At the university she established the Carol Ann Douglas Religious Studies Endowment and the Carol Ann Douglas Endowment Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Carol was a member of the Bonnie Cone Society, a community of alumni and friends who have made provisions for the university in their estate planning. She served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of UNC Charlotte. Further, as a member of a former group of university friends and supporters on our campus known as the Friends of UNC Charlotte, Carol was a leader in establishing a program on campus which memorializes or honors individuals while simultaneously providing a number of benches on our campus grounds for beauty and for relaxation.
In November 2012 Carol was awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals NC, Charlotte Chapter Outstanding Legacy Award (honored posthumously) for her extraordinary impact as a top business leader for her outstanding work in the philanthropic community of Charlotte.
Our university was truly honored when Carol established an endowed charitable gift annuity in 2011 to fund the Carol Ann Douglas Reentry Scholarship program in the Office of Adult Students and Evening Services to fund scholarships for nontraditional, undergraduate reentry students. This is the first charitable annuity gift to OASES. Carol’s gift will help UNC Charlotte adult, nontraditional students continue their education and will clearly make a difference in scholarships for future generations
Carol was a true philanthropist; she gave of her time, wise advice, and financial resources. She inspired others. Through her generosity she gave the gift of helping others to believe in themselves.