Make a Gift
Your support helps shape the well-rounded scientists of tomorrow.
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 “College of Sciences Foundation.” 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
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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. Smaller Solomon Scholars gifts can be combined with others to fund this $5,000 award.
Endowed Merit Award 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.
Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship
A gift of $25,000 or more provides a partial merit- or need-based scholarship for a student in an undergraduate program of the donor’s choice.
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.
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.
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.
Why Endowments Matter
The Solomon Scholars Program
Meet Jacob Lineberry, a Solomon Scholar at NC State. The Solomon Scholars, named for inaugural Sciences Dean Daniel L. Solomon, are immersed in a four-year cohort program with strong leadership and experiential learning components, including study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities. It is the College’s signature scholarship program.
Outstanding researchers and scholars like Dr. Christian Melander hold Distinguished Professorships, positions that help attract and retain some of the world’s best faculty. A state matching plan means donors get considerably more for their money, maximizing the value of each Distinguished Professorship gift.
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.
Assistant Dean for Advancement
Hearing the CallDr. Nell Cant (B.S. ‘67, Zoology), an auditory systems researcher, named the College of Sciences Foundation as the primary beneficiary of a significant portion of her retirement accounts. The gift will create a student-focused endowment and a Distinguished Professorship. "Education is an investment," Cant said. "And this College is a great investment."
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.
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
Director of Development, Alumni and Donor Relations
Contact a member of our Advancement Staff to learn more about giving to the College.