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Ways to Give

Private support gives our students a brighter future and provides unparalleled opportunities for innovative learning and academic growth. There are many ways to support the college through a gift to the College of Sciences Foundation.

Annual Giving

Annual gifts to the college’s Excellence Fund and Departmental Enhancement Funds support scholarships, student programs, research, and student and faculty recruitment. Each of these valuable programs enhances the student experience. Gifts of $1,000 or more qualify donors for recognition in our Dean’s Circle leadership giving society.

Donors can give online via credit card. NC State employees can have their gifts deducted from their paychecks. Gifts can also be made by a check payable to NC State College of Sciences Foundation, Inc. Please indicate the name of the fund you’ve chosen on the check.

Mail checks to:

NC State University
College of Sciences Foundation
Campus Box 8118
Raleigh, NC 27695-8118

Extraordinary Faculty

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Create an Endowment

Endowment gifts are the most important long-term investments donors can make in the college. An endowment lasts forever because the principal of the gift remains invested while only the endowment’s annual income is used for the donor’s chosen purpose. As such, endowments touch generations of Sciences faculty and students. Donors can create their own endowed funds or contribute to an existing fund.

Invest in the Future

Earning a Sciences degree is a challenge, but affording it shouldn’t be. When donors support student scholarships, they’re not only helping qualified students afford a degree, they’re investing in the future. Students who receive scholarships are driven to work hard and become leaders, developing a passion for helping others.

Endowed Full-Tuition Scholarship

A gift of $500,000 or more provides full tuition support for a student in a program of the donor’s choice as well as a stipend for experiential learning, service learning or study abroad.

Endowed Solomon Scholarship

A gift of $150,000 or more endows and names a Solomon Scholar annual award of $5,000 and provides program support for experiential learning in perpetuity.

Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship

A gift of $50,000 or more provides a partial merit-based scholarship for an incoming freshman in a program of the donor’s choice in recognition of the student’s exceptional academic ability, talent and potential.

The Power of Innovative Faculty

Outstanding faculty are like magnets; they attract other top faculty who, in turn, attract great students. Professorships help land highly sought-after faculty by providing vital funds that can help with research and support graduate students. The college needs to add at least 15 distinguished professorships to become more competitive with its peers.

Endowed Deanship

A gift of $3 million or more will make the college’s deanship one of the most sought-after positions of its kind in the country.

Endowed Chair

A gift of $2.5 million or more will provide salary and operational support enhancements to attract and retain eminent faculty. The North Carolina General Assembly offers a generous gift-matching program for faculty chair donors.

Endowed Distinguished Professorship

A gift of $1 million or more will provide salary supplements and other resources to attract and retain highly respected scientists. The General Assembly gift matching program is also available for distinguished professorship donors.

Endowed Faculty Award

A gift of $100,000 or more will provide supplemental support to faculty for their teaching or research responsibilities.

Career-Ready Graduate Students

Graduate fellowships bring prestige to academic departments and encourage the very best graduate students to apply. Students receiving these fellowships will become the next generation of scholars and innovators.

Endowed Graduate Fellowship

A gift of $500,000 or more supports a student in the donor’s choice of graduate program.

Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund

A gift of $150,000 or more provides partial support for students in a graduate program of the donor’s choice. These funds may be used to address tuition as well as research and dissertation expenses, travel to professional conferences and other activities essential to a quality graduate education.

Planned Gifts

Planning for the future through a will or trust can help you care for yourself and your loved ones, as well as make a lasting gift to an organization you support. This option may be particularly attractive to holders of 401(k), 403(b), IRA and other qualified retirement funds.

Charitable donations naming the College of Sciences Foundation as the beneficiary of a retirement account aren’t subject to the hefty taxes that donors’ heirs would incur if the retirement funds were left to them. Instead, donors can leave other assets to heirs that aren’t as complicated and highly taxed.

Here are some of the many ways for including the College of Sciences in your long-term financial planning:


Include the College of Sciences Foundation in your will and receive an estate tax deduction.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Provide fixed income for yourself or a loved one.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Create life income for you and your spouse.

Charitable Lead Trust

Pass property and other assets on to your family with substantial tax benefits.


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Non-cash Gifts

Cash gifts are the easiest gifts to value for tax purposes, but there are many other ways to support the College of Sciences Foundation.


Stocks and bonds that have been owned for more than one year entitle the donor to compute the income tax deduction using the market value of the securities on the date of gift. Donors who want to make these gifts should follow our securities transfer instructions.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations have demonstrated their support for education by matching or multiplying their employees’ gifts to NC State. Ask your employer about participating.

Real Estate Gifts

Gifts of real estate entitle the donor to the same tax benefits as gifts of cash or securities, provided the real estate has been owned for more than one year and there are no debts payable on the property. Gifts of real estate also can generate substantial estate tax savings.

Personal Property Gifts

Art objects, jewelry, and rare books or collections generally can be deducted at the asset’s current market value, provided the property has been owned for more than one year and can be used by a college or program at NC State.

Give Your Time

The college offers several ways for alumni and friends to give back.

  • Mentor an undergraduate
  • Attend events
  • Sit on a career panel
  • Host an alumni gathering


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Learn More

Contact a member of our Advancement Staff to learn more about giving to the college.