Q. What is NC State Day of Giving: Stronger as a Pack?

NC State Day of Giving: Stronger as a Pack is a special daylong fundraising event taking place Sept. 16, 2020. For 24 hours, the Wolfpack community will come together to support our students and the strength of our community. Funds raised will help us meet students’ most urgent needs, increase scholarships to keep education accessible to people from every financial background, invest in inclusion efforts and promote diversity. 

Q. Why should I participate?

Right now, private support is more important than ever. If you’re in a position to give, your support helps us provide financial aid for a student who can no longer afford college, meet emergency needs, increase resources for international students, fund critical research, strengthen technology for a digital learning environment and bolster new programs that enhance opportunities for underrepresented students. Donors help us adapt to changing circumstances, making our work, our mission and our Pack stronger. And your gift doesn’t just provide financial support — it shows our students that the Wolfpack is there, investing and believing in them, during these challenges.

Q. These are challenging times for everyone. Why hold a Day of Giving right now?

We recognize that these are difficult and uncertain times for people all across the globe. There are so many worthy causes to support. At NC State, our job is to help the Wolfpack and our state through education, research and extension. Students, in particular, are facing tough circumstances. Pivoting to online instruction and reducing campus housing operations were necessary moves, but any change can create financial challenges. Our Pack is stronger when students are able to focus on their studies, not their lack of finances. In an environment where physical distancing limits students’ work opportunities, that’s never been more important.

This special fall Day of Giving aligns with our Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, which continues our commitment to invest more in North Carolina students, especially those from rural communities, those who are the first in their families to attend college and those from groups underrepresented in higher education. 

Q. Where can I give to make the most impact right now?

Every gift makes a difference, no matter which aspect of NC State you support. If you’d like to give to our most critical priorities, you can direct your gift to:

  • The University’s Greatest Needs Fund, which gives Chancellor Woodson the flexibility to respond to emerging challenges.
  • The Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, which provides need-based scholarships, particularly for first-generation students, those from rural areas and those otherwise underrepresented in higher education.
  • The Student Emergency Fund, which provides immediate assistance in the form of microgrants to students facing unexpected financial challenges.
  • The Diversity and Equity Fund, which supports effective programs and initiatives that build an inclusive, accessible and diverse intellectual and cultural campus experience.
  • The Libraries Student Success Resources Fund, which allows students experiencing financial insecurity to use the Libraries' laptops, chargers, cameras, textbooks and other resources, reducing barriers to their success.

Q. Is there a minimum gift amount?

For gifts processed through our Day of Giving platform, the minimum gift amount is $10.

Q. I can’t make a big gift. Can my support really make a difference?

Yes, your gift really does make a difference. In fact, the most common gift amount for our 2019 Day of Giving was $10, and we raised $387,433 from gifts of $100 or less. With so many unexpected and urgent needs all across campus, every gift, no matter the size, can help make us stronger as a Pack. Combining your philanthropy with that of others quickly creates a foundation of support for students and programs in need. And you have a chance to increase your impact through our challenge matches that award bonus dollars to your college or program of choice based on the number of donors and gift totals.

Q. What are the leaderboard challenges?

NC State Day of Giving bonus funds — which come from unrestricted university enhancement funds — amplify every gift made that day. For leaderboard challenges, bonus funds are divided among three main leaderboards:

  • Red Division
  • White Division
  • University Priorities

For the Red and White divisions, there is $60,000 at stake per division: $30,000 for the most gifts received and $30,000 for the most dollars raised. Each college or unit competing within a division will win a percentage of that division's challenge money based on their percentage of the division's gift or dollar total. For example, if a college receives 18% of the total gifts to the White Division, they'll get a bonus of $5,400 (18% of $30,000) for their area of greatest need.

The funds and programs on the University Priorities leaderboard will be competing for their share of $25,000 based on the number of gifts received.

Q. Are there other challenges?

Yes. The Day of Giving: Stronger as a Pack bonus funds are also designated for our hourly and all-day universitywide and social media challenges. Even if you can’t make a gift right now, you can make a difference by spreading the word and participating in social media challenges. We'll share more information about those opportunities soon.

Q. What else can I do to participate in the Day of Giving: Stronger as a Pack?

Thank you for your interest. Spreading the word before — and during — this special fundraising event is a great way to help the Pack. You can share photos from our social media toolkit, tell others how and why you’re #GivingPack and encourage your friends and classmates to do the same. 

Q. How do I make my gift?

Between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 16, go to dayofgiving.ncsu.edu and choose the area of support that is most meaningful to you. You may also give to multiple areas.

Q. Is my Day of Giving gift tax-deductible?

Your gift is tax-deductible and will help support the extraordinary students, faculty and staff working to make a difference at NC State.

Q. Where does the challenge money go?

Bonus funds will be awarded to the winning college’s area of greatest need fund or to the primary support area for University Priorities winners.

Q. Do I have to give online?

Giving online allows you to participate in leaderboards and challenge matches. However, we welcome gifts by phone or mail as well. To make a gift by phone, call 919-515-7827. To give by mail, address your gift to:

Gifts and Records Management
NC State University
Campus Box 7474
Raleigh, NC 27695-7474

Q. If I make a pledge payment, does it count toward Day of Giving: Stronger as a Pack numbers?

Thank you for your pledge. Day of Giving totals focus on new gifts and commitments inspired by the day and do not include pledge payments. If you would like to make an additional gift on Day of Giving, it will not count toward your existing pledge.

Q. If I make a pledge and first pledge payment on Day of Giving: Stronger as a Pack, does that count in the leaderboard numbers?

If you make a pledge on Day of Giving, the entirety of your pledge commitment will count, but your first payment will not, as that would be double-counting.

Q. Can I make a gift of stock?

Yes. When making a gift of securities to NC State, please notify us before you make the transfer, and indicate that it is in support of Day of Giving. This will help us ensure your gift counts toward Day of Giving: Stronger as a Pack and receives proper credit and acknowledgment. If you are interested in making a gift of securities, please contact us at dayofgiving@ncsu.edu or 919-515-7827 for further instructions.

Q. Is my gift secure?

Absolutely. On NC State’s Day of Giving, all gifts will be made through GiveGab, a nonprofit giving platform that allows donors to see their collective impact in real time. GiveGab is partnered with Stripe, a certified PCI Level 1 Service Provider (the most stringent level of certification possible), to process all gifts made through dayofgiving.ncsu.edu. Stripe's security documentation is available online.

Q. Will my employer match my gift?

To determine if your gift is eligible for a match, search for your employer's program with our matching gifts search tool.

Q. How do I set up a recurring/sustaining gift?

If you wish to make your Day of Giving gift a sustaining one, we will count the yearly amount toward the leaderboard totals. That means a sustaining gift of $10 per month becomes $120 for the leaderboards. Your sustaining gift counts as one gift and is not eligible for hourly changes, but it will carry the spirit of #GivingPack beyond Day of Giving. To make a sustaining gift, use this dedicated page.

Q. What should I do if I'm an international donor experiencing issues?

While our Day of Giving platform is set up to process gifts from international donors, it is possible some donors may experience difficulty. If you are having trouble making an international gift on the Day of Giving platform, use this dedicated page.

Q. Whom do I contact with additional questions?

Email any additional questions to dayofgiving@ncsu.edu or call 919-515-7827.