FAQ


Q. What is NC State Day of Giving?

NC State Day of Giving is an annual, daylong fundraising event that typically takes place in March. For 24 hours, the Wolfpack comes together to help NC State achieve more: creating greater opportunities, providing broader educational access, fostering bolder visions and conducting more innovative research. 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 strengthen the infrastructure that supports our leading-edge research. The collaborative aspect of NC State Day of Giving shows how much we can achieve together. 


Q. I saw that NC State just completed a big fundraising campaign. Why have a Day of Giving?

We understand why some might ask this question, and we are so grateful for all the support we received over the course of the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, which concluded on Dec. 31, 2021. The Campaign’s success represents an incredible milestone, and we will be thoughtful stewards of our donors’ generosity. We’ve made extraordinary strides over the past five years — and we must keep that momentum going for our students, faculty, researchers and the state of North Carolina.

A university’s needs are ever-changing, as the last two years have shown us, and all colleges engage in fundraising efforts whether they’re conducting a campaign or not. Day of Giving gives us a chance to highlight specific areas of the university that particularly benefit from private support, such as immediate-use funds that go to work right away (which work alongside endowed funds that are invested and produce a return each year in perpetuity). Excellence and enhancement funds provide flexible resources that can quickly address challenges and opportunities. Donations to such funds can lead to more student scholarships; for example, the College of Education awarded 10 new scholarships last year thanks to gifts to their excellence fund.

Our giving is donor-driven, which means our supporters give to areas they’re passionate about. For instance, a donor might establish an endowment whose income is directed to scholarships in a particular college or to support a specific area, like study abroad. We help connect the Pack with opportunities to make a difference in the areas that matter most to them. This means we might have needs and funds that could benefit from additional resources because fewer people are aware of their work.

Areas like the Women’s Center and the Women and Minority Engineering Programs, for example, received a dramatic increase in support on previous Days of Giving because the effort offered an opportunity to highlight their work in front of a broader audience. 


Q. Why should I participate?

Private support helps address gaps in funding and directs resources where they’re most needed, which has been increasingly critical over the past two years. 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, fund critical research, strengthen technology 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 encourages our students by showing them that the Wolfpack keeps investing and believing in them, every step of the way.


Q. Times are still challenging for many people. How does NC State Day of Giving help?

We recognize that the past two years have created difficulty and uncertainty for people all around the world, and there are so many worthy causes to support. At NC State, our job is to help the Wolfpack and all of North Carolina through education, research and extension. Our donors empower us to do that work with greater flexibility. Many gifts made on Day of Giving — along with the bonuses earned by colleges and programs through challenges and leaderboards — support funds that will go to work immediately. That’s why holding this annual effort makes such a difference: NC State Day of Giving helps us better plan and allocate resources for the very next academic year, allowing us to support our students when they need it most. 


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

Every gift makes a difference, no matter which college, unit or other area 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 from groups otherwise underrepresented in higher education. Day of Giving support helped us award the first 31 EOSI awards last year, and since then the number of students benefiting has grown to over 90.
  • The Student Emergency Fund, which provides immediate assistance in the form of microgrants to students facing unexpected financial challenges.
  • The Feed the Pack food pantry, which helps combat food insecurity within our campus community.
  • 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. With so many unexpected and urgent needs all across campus, every gift, no matter the size, helps our university do more for our students and our state. For instance, last year, support from Day of Giving donors helped the College of Education and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences make more than 10 scholarship awards each, and the College of Veterinary Medicine was able to create its own emergency fund for students. 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 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 four main leaderboards:

  • College/Unit Donation Leaderboard, based on dollars raised.
  • College/Unit Participation Leaderboard, based on number of gifts.
  • University Priorities Leaderboard, based on number of gifts.
  • Power Your Pack Leaderboard, based on the percentage increase from any previous college/unit or University Priorities participant’s previous highest gift total.

For the college/unit leaderboards, there is $40,000 at stake. Each college or unit competing will win a percentage of the challenge money based on their percentage of the gift or dollar total. For example, if a college receives 18% of the total number of gifts, they'll get a bonus of $7,200 (18% of $40,000) 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, as will the participants on the Power Your Pack leaderboard.


Q. Are there other challenges?

Yes. NC State Day of Giving 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 Day of Giving?

Thank you for your interest. Spreading the word before — and during — Day of Giving is a great way to help the Pack. You can become a Pack Leader by signing up here. You can also 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. What is students' role on Day of Giving?

We encourage students to get involved by participating in the #GivingPack Hashtag Challenge Match to earn $10 for the college, program or fund of their choice. We will also have other student-specific challenges.


Q. How do I make my gift?

Between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 23, 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 Foundation
Campus Box 7474
Raleigh, NC 27695-7474

Make your check payable to NC State University Foundation and include the area or fund you wish to support. Gifts without a designation will be designated to the University's Greatest Needs Fund.


Q. If I make a pledge payment, does it count toward Day of Giving 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, 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 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. Can I make a planned gift?

Yes. We are happy to help you document your planned gift in support of NC State Day of Giving. This is a unique way to make an impact now and in the future. For more information about how to make your planned gift on Day of Giving, contact dayofgiving@ncsu.edu or 919-515-7827.


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.