Choose Faith in the Future of Chowan

We've always had faith in your future. Thank you for having faith in the mission of Chowan.

Ways to Give Now

When you have faith in Chowan, it only makes sense to join in. There are many ways to partner with us in creating an even brighter future. Whatever your interests, there is a way to connect your passion with the needs of our students, campus, or community. We invite you to explore the many opportunities to make a gift and spread the spirit of Chowan.


Make a gift online with our secure online giving portal. It’s easy to support Chowan from your computer or even your mobile device. Just fill in your gift designation and payment information and harness the full power of the internet to make an immediate difference for the Chowan community.


Make your gift over the phone by calling (252) 398-1233 any business day between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to provide your credit card information. We accept Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Your gift will be recorded the day we process your credit card information.


To make a gift by mail send your check or money order, payable to Chowan University, to:

Chowan University
Office of Development
One University Place
Murfreesboro, NC 27855

Please provide your name, class year and gift designation (the program, department, or project for which your gift is intended).

Types of Gifts

There are many ways to make a gift in support of Chowan University – from simply writing an annual gift check to a major or planned gift for endowment or a capital project. The options are divided between Outright Gifts (Cash, Securities, In-Kind, Real Estate, Life Insurance, Matching, Honorary/Memorial) and Planned Gifts (Bequests, Life Insurance, Life Income, Charitable Lead Trusts, Retained Life Estates, Retirement Plan Gifts).

Outright Gifts

Cash gifts are immediately available to the University for both donor designated or undesignated purposes. Cash gifts tend to be the most common means of philanthropy.

A gift of appreciated securities that has been held more than one year offers two benefits to the donor: income tax deduction for their fair market value and avoidance of capital gains tax on appreciation in value.

Gifts in kind are an important way of benefiting Chowan University through a charitable gift. Gifts in kind include donations of property other than cash and marketable securities such as real estate, works of art, books, equipment, furnishings, software and licensing. A gift in kind requires an official transfer of ownership of property from the donor to the University. The IRS requires the donor to determine the fair market value of the gift for individual, foundation, or corporate tax reporting purposes. The University will issue a gift in kind letter of receipt for the donated property. Upon approval of the donor, the University may or may not recognize the donor for the gift.

gift of real estate to Chowan University is a unique way to provide a lasting benefit to the University. It is also a convenient way for you to enjoy a charitable deduction based on the current fair market value of your property and to reduce the size and complexity of your estate. Because a gift of real estate will usually be sold as soon as practicable after it is gifted, the real estate must be free of debt and must be readily marketable. An added benefit is that, in most cases, all aspects of its sale are handled by the University.

Your employer may have a matching gift program. When an employee makes a charitable contribution, the company will match the charitable donation and forward the check to Chowan University directly.

Memorial or honorary gifts provide you with the opportunity to recognize those who have made an impact on your life. This type of gift is a sincere way to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a relative, friend, teacher or student. Think of all the special days - Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, religious holidays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, birthdays and more - that are worthy of your gift. If the gift is used to establish an endowment, the interest will be generated indefinitely to honor your family name or the name of the person you are recognizing.

Planned Gifts

Bequests are gifts made through a will or living trust to provide support for your favorite charitable organization(s), such as Chowan University. You can leave a specific asset, a percentage of your estate or the remainder of your estate after you have taken care of other beneficiaries. You may leave your bequest unrestricted or designate it for a specific use. Any bequest provision can be modified in your will or living trust during your lifetime to change the legacy you will be creating. Bequests provide you with a number of avenues for creating a legacy that defines your personality and commemorate your life.

Life insurance, Life Income, Charitable Lead Trusts, Retained Life Estates, and Retirement Plan Gifts are also considered planned gifts.

Giving Levels

We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive from each and every donor at any level. As a small way of expressing our deep gratitude donors are recognized annually in the CU Today magazine at the following levels.

  • Lux Et Veritas Society - $500,000 or more during a donor's lifetime
  • Golden Hawks - $100,000 - $499,999
  • McDowell Club - $50,000 - $99,999
  • Chairman's Club - $10,000 - $49,999
  • Founders Club - $2,500 - $9,999
  • President's Club - $1,000 - $2,499
  • Columns Club - $500 - $999
  • Lakeside Club - $250 - $499
  • Century Club -  $100 - $249
  • Friends of Chowan - Up to $99
  • University Club - Gifts of $1,000 or more annually
  • Legacy Society - Gifts given through Estate Planning
  • Talon Club - Young Alumni First-Time Giving Club

Development & Alumni Contacts

Josh Barker
Director of University Relations
Liz Brown
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President
Elizabeth Riddick Davis
Director of Annual Fund
Lou Ann Gilliam
Director of Church & Community Relations
Brooke Reich
Associate Director of University Relations
John M. Tayloe
Vice President for Development
Kay Thomas
Senior Development Director and Director of Alumni Relations