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Giving FAQs

How much should I contribute?

Your gifts are an individual and personal decision. Giving should be focused on your passion and the impact you wish to have. The college is grateful for gifts of all sizes; each gift has an impact of its own. For example, 10 gifts of $150 can open a door for a student to study abroad. A $1,000 gift can help an undergraduate student participate in research with a faculty member. All gifts are tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser for details. Our fiscal year runs July 1 – June 30. Click here to make a gift.

Can I specify where my contribution goes?

Your gift is important and we want to use it in the ways you wish. Your gift can be designated to a variety of departments and funds. We can work with you to explore areas of support and to ensure your gift is used to align with your interests.

Can I designate my gift to more than one area?

Yes. In your correspondence, please note the amount and which department or fund you wish to support.

How do I create an endowment?

Endowments provide donors with opportunities to create living legacies. When you create an endowment, you touch the lives of future generations. Your gift is immediately invested and when fully funded, produces annual income to support the endowment’s purpose for years to come. Please contact Marcy Engler, Executive Director of Development, at 919-515-5973, or to learn more.

What about matching gifts?

Many corporations and businesses sponsor programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees, employees’ spouses or retirees. This is a great way to double or even triple your gift to NC State.

Click here to see if you are employed by a matching gift company.

Please send completed matching gift forms to:

Matching Gifts Manager
NC State University
Advancement Services
Campus Box 7474
Raleigh, NC 27695-7474

Questions about matching gifts? Please call 919.515.9084 or 888.383.0324 or email

Which is more important, the size of my gift or the fact that I participate in giving?

We appreciate gifts of all sizes. Your participation impacts the mission of the university and supports the students we serve.

Why is alumni participation a powerful indication of the strength of a college?

Alumni participation affects NC State’s ranking in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, which is widely read by prospective students and their families.

Do you have gift recognition or donor clubs?

NC State’s Lifetime Giving Societies recognize the generous support of alumni and friends who strengthen the university’s position as an incubator for interdisciplinary innovation, solution-driven research, collaboration, outreach and experiential learning. 

Who do I contact with questions? 

Contact our Executive Director of Development Marcy Engler at 919-515-5984 or