Overview of Annual Giving

Annual gifts to NC State reach across our university to help deliver extraordinary opportunities for learning and discovery to students and faculty. Each year, gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends and students like you allow NC State to increase scholarships, strengthen curricula, fund community service projects, enrich the libraries and sponsor the arts. These unrestricted gifts enhance the educational experience for all students.

Why is my gift so important?
With tuition covering only about a third of the real cost of an undergraduate education and state funding on the decline, NC State counts on annual giving. These gifts help close the gap between what each student pays in tuition and fees and the actual cost of an NC State education, which allows the university to maintain its reputation as a best value. By stabilizing day-to-day operations, annual gifts keep NC State flexible by providing critical resilience against unexpected challenges or contingencies.
By supporting NC State you are:

  • Inspiring our students to research, innovate and explore core subjects in imaginative ways.
  • Creating a thriving campus that fosters collaboration across the colleges.
  • Transforming the student experience with hands-on learning through internships, study abroad and co-ops.

NC State is a state-supported institution, so why are annual gifts needed?
NC State receives funds from three sources: tuition, appropriations from the state’s budget and private support. Though tuition and state monies provide a large part of the university’s operating budget, there are always more needs than those two sources can supply — especially when the state’s budget is tight. Annual gifts support crucial academic needs that would go unmet otherwise.

What is the difference between Annual Giving, the Alumni Association and the Wolfpack Club?
Annual Giving supports the academic mission and priorities of the university. Gifts support technology enhancements and research partnerships, increase scholarships, strengthen curricula, fund community service, enrich the libraries and sponsor the arts.

The Alumni Association is a dues-based membership organization that supports the Caldwell Fellows Program; the publication of NC State magazine; alumni networks throughout the nation; special-interest alumni groups; student-programming; awards to faculty for excellence in the classroom, laboratory and field; recognition of distinguished alumni; and the traditions valued by students and alumni that make NC State unique.

The Wolfpack Club supports athletic facilities and scholarships for the university.

Can my gift be directed to a specific area?
Yes! You can direct your gift to your favorite area of NC State, including your college or program, the arts, the library or anywhere else. It’s up to you.

If I can only give a small amount, will it make a difference?
Yes! Every gift counts! Your gift of any size is a vote of confidence for NC State and, together with other annual gifts, directly impacts our students. If you are an alum, your support increases NC State’s alumni participation rate, which is one of the criteria used by national ranking organizations. The university won national acclaim during the past year as one of the best values in higher education and as a leader in diversity. NC State is also the home of fast-rising programs in veterinary medicine, engineering, business and other fields. We’re climbing up the U.S. News & World Report rankings, too, breaking the top 100 on the 2015 list. Achieving top-tier rankings year after year attracts talented faculty and staff and increases the value of your degree.

When and how should I make a gift?
Throughout the year, mailings, e-mails and our Call Center student callers will provide opportunities for you to make your gift. Give when it’s most convenient for you.

Ann Horner, Executive Director
(919) 515-0541

Emily Jordan, Associate Director
(919) 515-0562

Renee Clark Bush, Associate Director
(919) 515-0901

Lennon Brooks, Assistant Director
(919) 515-0533

Emily Collier, Program Manager
(919) 515-0563