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Annual Giving

Winston-Salem State University thanks our alumni and friends for your generosity. Annual gifts are the lifeblood of the university. Your continued philanthropic support through Annual Giving supplements tuition and state appropriations, bridging the gap and supporting the university’s greatest needs. Your gift, regardless of size, ensures that WSSU Rams continue taking charge!

We welcome your donations today to any area, program, or scholarship of your choice. We also welcome gifts to the area of greatest need—also known as unrestricted support.

Annual Giving Initiatives

Annual Fund

We can allocate your donation to your passion or specific area of interest, or we can direct it to the area of greatest need as an unrestricted gift. Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund allow the university to allocate contributions toward the greatest need at any given time. 

Day of Giving

Each year WSSU celebrates philanthropy with a 24-hour Day of Giving where alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students and the community unite to make an unprecedented financial impact with gifts of various sizes. Occurs annually on Founder's Day, September 28.

Engagement Center Program

During the Fall & Spring Engagement Center Programs students connect with alumni and friends of the university through live phone calls, emails, texts and videos. This is a time to share university updates and provide alumni and friends the opportunity to give their annual gift to the department or scholarship of their choice.

Class Reunion Giving

The university celebrates classes who have reached pivotal graduation milestones - 15, 25 & 50 years! Participating classes are acknowledged during homecoming and raise money celebrating their milestone year. Classes with qualifying amounts are able to present their check on the field at the Saturday homecoming game. Please contact Anissa Daniels in the Office of Alumni Engagement, via phone: 336-750-3491 or email for more details.

Matching Gifts

You can maximize your donation with a matching gift from your employer. After a donation is made through our Acceptiva giving portal, an email is sent from Double the Donation with information on matching gifts. Please check to see if your company participates. Contact Sonia Barbre in Donor Relations, via phone: 336-750-3132 or email for additional assistance.

Faculty & Staff Giving

Faculty and staff can break down annual contributions into monthly deductions through payroll deduction. See examples below:

$4.17 monthly gift = $50 per year
$8.34 monthly gift = $100 per year
$20.84 monthly gift = $250 per year
$41.67 monthly gift = $500 per year
$83.34 monthly gift = $1,000 per year
$208.33 monthly gift = $2,500 per year

Payroll deduction form for faculty and staff. Please email completed form to

*Faculty & Staff also participate annually during the university's Day of Giving on Sept 28.

Giving Societies

WSSU currently has three giving societies that recognize alumni and friends supporting at leadership levels: The Atkins Society, Heritage Society, and 1000 HORN$ program.