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In response to a number of queries regarding the finances of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity, the Center is posting operational expenses by year here in an effort to offer full transparency and address any future questions should they arise. Operations of the Center are funded entirely by private sources. This data will be updated annually.

Budget Breakdown


FY 11 FY 12 FY 13
Grants (Corporate and Foundation) $21,222 $45,774 $68,757
U.N.C. Law Foundation (private gifts) $99,757 $32,899 $9,951
Total: $120,979 $78,673 $78,708


FY 11 FY 12 FY 13
Salary $85,524 $68,096 $68,890
Fringe $16,229 $7,530 $7,486
Contracted Services $701 -- $110
Supplies and Materials $1,488 -- --
Current Services $17,038 $3,047 $2,222
Total: $120,979 $78,673 $78,708

Funding Sources Detail for Fiscal Year 13-14 (FY 14), as of Jan. 31, 2014

N.C. Housing Finance Agency Grant $20,000
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Grant $8,398
U.N.C. Law Foundation General Support Unrestricted Funds $71,955
U.N.C. Law Foundation Poverty Center Expendable Endowments $15,060
U.N.C. Law Foundation Poverty Center Private Restricted Current Use Funds $1,590
Total: $117,003

Poverty Center Staff (FY 14)

Name Base Rate EPA/SPA Faculty/Non-Faculty Funding Source Title
Gene R. Nichol  $7,500* EPA Faculty Tenure Private Center Director
Joseph A. Polich $40,500 EPA Non-Faculty Private Fellow
Mary Irvine $18,760 SPA Non-Faculty Private Administrative Assistant (resigned 12/31/13)
Heather A. Hunt $16,000 SPA Non-Faculty Private Temporary Staff

*Nichol earns $7,500 as a stipend for serving as the Center director. This is in addition to his salary as the Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law at UNC School of Law.

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