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College Donors Raise a Record $1.7M for Humanities and Social Sciences

The Day of Giving logo, layered over a photo of the 1911 Building.

It was a banner day of philanthropy for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as donors contributed a record 1,300 gifts totaling $1.7 million during the university’s 2024 Day of Giving.

That’s the highest number of gifts and total donations for the college in the six-year history of the 24-hour fundraising event. In addition to the record total, which more than tripled last year’s sum, community engagement throughout the day reached an equally high level.

These critical funds will help enrich existing programs and create new ones, provide transformative opportunities for faculty and students, address today’s critical challenges, and propel the college forward.

“We are so thankful to our donors whose generous contributions will open doors of opportunity for our students and influence the next generation of responsible citizens,” says Deanna Dannels, dean of the college. “They’ll help fuel creative advances and entrepreneurial ideas that empower and drive us to be the nation’s most innovative humanities and social sciences college.”

On Day of Giving, donors celebrate what makes NC State great and help colleges and units compete for bonus funds through various leaderboards and challenges. In all, 2024 donors raised an impressive $46 million for the university.

The college boasted four challenge winners:

  • It won the “Red and White Song” Challenge, with faculty from the Department of World Languages and Cultures putting their unique global spin on the university’s fight song.
  • Two students – one from the Department of Psychology and one from the School of Social Work – were victorious in the Where’s the Wuf? Scavenger Hunt. They were aided by a brilliant acting performance from Dean Dannels in Taken IV: Wufs, which encouraged students to search for the missing wolves on campus.
  • An alumnus from the School of Public and International Affairs won the Window Into the Wolfpack Challenge, posting a Day of Giving-inspired photo from D.C.

Additionally, the college received a big boost from several donors whose major gifts will provide programmatic and scholarship support for our students. The CHASS Advisory Board also provided tremendous support, boasting a 100% participation rate and recruiting others from their network of friends and colleagues to join our cause.

Throughout the day, students and faculty visited CHASS Day of Giving Headquarters in Caldwell Lounge – new this year – to connect with friends and colleagues, join in fun activities, and show how much they care about and have pride in their college.   

We offer our heartfelt gratitude to our generous and caring community for investing in the humanities and social sciences at NC State and for helping us brighten the future we are building together. Thank you for #GivingPack!