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Funding the future of CALS.

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Endowments and funds from public foundations allow us to award scholarships and fellowships to students, professorships and faculty funding, programmatic and discretionary support.

Click the links below to learn more about the different foundations that support the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., is a 4-star non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable and educational corporation. Incorporated on November 24, 1944, the Foundation and its Board support agricultural research, extension, and teaching activities in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State.

For more information, call 919-515-2000 or email Visit the university’s Foundations Accounting and Investment website for financial information on the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, including the W-9, tax exemption letter, and bylaws.

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Enhancing Research Programs

The North Carolina Agricultural and Life Sciences Research Foundation enhances research programs by seeking to increase public and private support for CALS. This support creates new opportunities for CALS faculty, staff and students to innovate and pursue excellence in research by developing and sustaining critical partnerships.

  • Build resources for the discovery, development, and commercialization of new ideas and technologies.
  • Develop and articulate high-value research propositions.
  • Develop and implement innovative funding programs.
  • Simplify business processes and other interactions between the private sector and the university.
  • Provide advocacy for the programs and research achievements of the college.

The NC Cooperative Extension Agriculture Programs Foundation supports NC Extension agriculture programs statewide through private funding and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, current and former employees, and friends of the Cooperative Extension Service. A board of directors oversees the Foundation.

2015-2016 Board of Directors

  • Amy Dalrymple, Acting President
  • Dan Weathington, Second Vice President
  • Hugh Liner, Treasurer
  • Bryan Blinson, Secretary
  • Maggie Hamm, Past President
  • Linda Andrews
  • Carlton Barefoot
  • Stan Biconish
  • Dennis Harrell
  • Norman Harrell
  • Kevin Leonard
  • Julian Philpott
  • Gwyn Riddick
  • George Quigley

Innovative gifts of cash, securities, land and estate plans provide unique opportunities for programs and endow named county extension directorships and other positions. The Foundation accepts gifts that support any component of NC Cooperative Extension.

The Dairy Foundation formed in 1944 to support NC State in education and research in dairying, the production and processing of cattle feeds, and the processing and distribution of dairy products. It operates under the auspices of The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. For more information, call 919-515-2000.

4-H is the largest youth organization in North Carolina. NC Cooperative Extension at NC State State University, in partnership with NC A&T State University, continue to enrich our youth with programs that help them learn and succeed.

Explore current 4-H scholarships and awards programs that you can support.

The NC ECA Foundation and NC FCS Foundation have merged to support programs for youth, families, and communities in North Carolina. The Foundation operates under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., with a board of directors and advisory committee. The ECA Grants Committee and FCS Grants Committee oversee the awarding of Innovation Grants every year.

Board of Directors

  • Stacy Bradfield
  • Pauline Calloway
  • Jan Christensen
  • Scott Clontz
  • Linda Crawford
  • Carolyn Dunn
  • Flora Grantham
  • Wilma Hammett
  • Ray Harris
  • John Kinneer
  • Steve Lisk
  • Judy Mock
  • Brenda Morris
  • Josephine Patterson
  • Sheron Sumner
  • Frances Turner
  • Cathy Wilkins
  • Mike Yoder
  • Susan Ayscue
  • Geri Bushel
  • Chris Wessel

Advisory Committee

  • Molly Alexi
  • Stacy Bradfield
  • Wanda Denning
  • Dee Furlough
  • Jeannie Leonard
  • Sherri Peeler

ECA Grants Committee

  • Judy Blythe
  • Carol Cox
  • Peggie Garner
  • Flora Grantham
  • Faye Lanier
  • Ellen Miller
  • Frances Turner (Chair)

FCS Grants Committee

  • Sue Counts
  • John Kinneer
  • Judy Mock
  • Sheron Sumner (Chair)

Businesses, industry, and individuals invest in the future of student leaders who will enter the agriculture industry by contributing financially to the FFA Foundation. The Foundation funds FFA programs, events and scholarships in agricultural education for middle and high school students throughout North Carolina.

See the many ways to give to the FFA Foundation and support awards and scholarship programs, career development events and leadership conferences coordinated by the FFA Association.

Landscapes of Opportunity offers unique gifting opportunities for landowners. Its mission is to protect and conserve natural resources in North Carolina by sustaining its agriculture and forestry for future generations. The foundation has many benefits for landowners, including permanent protection of land/farm, qualification for the NC Conservation Tax Credit Program, and possible state tax charitable deduction.

Are you interested in learning about the Landscapes of Opportunity process? Contact Sonia Murphy, Assistant Dean for College Advancement at 919-515-5274 or email