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Donors who fund endowed gifts are among our closest family members. They understand and are committed to the mission and goals of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Endowed funds provide permanent support for some of UNCSA’s most important activities and may be used to establish a fund named in memory or in honor of an individual or organization, or may be designated for scholarships, guest artists, faculty development or program support. It may be allocated for general use (where the need is greatest) or specified for a particular arts school. By generating a steady stream of income while leaving the principal untouched, endowment funds make it possible for UNCSA to weather the ebb and flow of other sources of funding.

Establishing an Endowment

You can establish an endowment with a minimum gift of $25,000 by making an outright gift in the form of cash, stocks/appreciated securities, real property or personal property. If your employer is a matching gift company, the matching gift can be used to establish the $25,000 minimum for an endowment fund. You can also establish an endowment fund through one of several planned giving instruments.

The School distributes a percentage of interest income annually (usually five percent) for the purpose you set forth in the original funding document. Additional earned interest automatically goes to the principal to increase the endowment corpus.

The Founders Society

By establishing an endowment fund at the School of the Arts, a donor automatically becomes a member of the Founders Society in perpetuity

The Founders Society was established in 1997 to both honor the vision of the early founders of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and to acknowledge friends and patrons who have invested in the School's future.

In recognition of your significant contribution, UNCSA will offer you the following benefits:

  • Recognition at a special event honoring Founders Society members
  • Annual reports of endowment fund activity and, in the case of endowed scholarship funds, information about scholarship recipients

You may establish an endowment fund by making a gift directly to the School of the Arts at:

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation, Inc.
1533 South Main Street

Lisa Ransom
Major Gifts Officer
1533 South Main Street
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27127
336.770.1372 Office

Community Foundations

You may contribute to special endowment funds benefiting the University of North Carolina School of the Arts at any of the following community foundations:

The Catawba Valley Community Foundation
Box 2851
Hickory, NC 28603
828-328-1237 telephone or 888-375-8117
828-328-3948 fax
E-mail: (website:
Contact: Ms. Julie Bristol, Regional Associate

Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
100 South Elm Street, Suite 307
Greensboro, NC 27401-2638
336-379-9100 telephone
336-378-0725 fax
E-mail: (website:
Contact: Mr. Walker Sanders, Executive Director

Community Foundation of Henderson County, Inc.
PO Box 1108
Hendersonville, NC 28793
828-697-6224 telephone
828-696-4026 fax
E-mail: (website:
Contact: Ms. Priscilla Cantrell, Executive Director

Foundation for the Carolinas
PO Box 34769
Charlotte, NC 28234-4769
704-376-9541 telephone
704-376-1243 fax
E-mail: (website:
Contact: Dr. Michael Marsicano, Executive Director

North Carolina Community Foundation
Harbinger Center, Suite 4
Point Harbor, NC 27964 (Outer Banks regional office)
252-491-8166 telephone or 888-375-8115
252-491-5714 fax
E-mail: (website:
Contact: Ms. Peggy Birkemeier, Northeast Regional Associate

North Carolina Community Foundation
333 Fayetteville Street Mall, Suite 1410
PO Box 2828 (Zip: 27602-2828)
Raleigh, NC 27601
919-828-4387 telephone or 800-201-9533
919-828-5495 fax
E-mail: (website:
Contact: Ms. Elizabeth C. Fentress, Executive Director

Triangle Community Foundation
PO Box 12834
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
919-549-9840 telephone
919-549-9066 fax
E-mail: (website:
Contact: Ms. Shannon St. John, Executive Director