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Excellence Funds

Every donor matters and every gift counts!

As the College of Charleston grows and evolves to meet the dynamic educational needs of students today, we are working to expand student programming, recruit new faculty, and diversify our campus. Together we can create a stronger, more impactful College of Charleston.

We have added two new funds to our suite of Excellence Funds to provide donors with greater choice. Annual gifts to our suite of Excellence Funds enable you to make an immediate impact to a specific area or to the CofC Fund – The Area of Greatest Need, the university's largest source of unrestricted support. Below, please find details about our suite of funds and choose the right one for you!

  • CofC Fund- Area of Greatest Need »

    The College of Charleston Fund is the primary channel for donors to support the core values of the College and its greatest assets.  It represents the area of greatest need on this campus. With a gift to the College of Charleston Fund, you declare your support for what makes this institution great.  You support OPPORTUNITY, LEADERSHIP, and INNOVATION on today’s campus. Donate to this fund »
  • The Alumni Fund »

    For the past three years, alumni have provided the largest amount of philanthropic support to the College of Charleston, leading both in dollars and in number of donors. With nearly 90,000 living alumni in 2018, it is fitting that we create The Alumni Fund to meet the highest needs of our alma mater. The Alumni Fund recognizes the commitment alumni have demonstrated throughout our 248-year history to increasing scholarship support for students, enhancing the prestige of the College of Charleston degree, and preserving and protecting our incomparable campus. Continue to show alumni pride and leadership by donating to The Alumni Fund for the College of Charleston. Donate to this fund »
  • The Parents' Fund»

    The Parents’ Fund allows families to be actively engaged in their student’s education. It supports student programing, our low faculty/student ratios, and immediate use scholarships and awards. In addition, it keeps families abreast of happenings on campus. Learn more about Parents' Fund » | Donate to this fund »
  • Scholarship Enrichment Fund »

    The Scholarship Enrichment Fund provides immediate-use merit and need-based scholarships and awards, it helps recruit motivated and talented students, and diversifies the student body, which enhances the overall CofC experience. Donate to this fund »
  • President's Strategic Initiative Fund »

    The President’s Strategic Initiative Fund gives the College’s president the capacity to launch special initiatives, meet pressing needs as they arise, and capitalize on emerging opportunities to strengthen academic and student-life programs. Donate to this fund »
  • School of the Arts Dean’s Excellence Fund »

    A gift to the School of the Arts Dean’s Excellence Fund has the power to make an immediate and significant impact on every SOTA student every day, ensuring the school's continued role in shaping the future of the arts on campus and in the community. Your gift will be used where the need is greatest. Donate to this fund »
  • School of Business Dean's Excellence Fund »

    A gift to the School of Business Dean’s Excellence Fund helps bolster the quality of our courses and student professional development opportunities, support our outstanding faculty in their enrichment and research endeavors, and engage our alumni and friends in the life of the School. A Dean’s Excellence Fund gift is a particularly meaningful way to advance the School of Business because it helps to fulfill urgent funding needs in a timely and effective manner. Donate to this fund »
  • School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Dean's Excellence Fund »

    The School of Education, Health, and Human Performance is “making the teaching-learning connection.” Our faculty, students, and alumni participate in critical and valued connections, collaborations, and partnerships within the college, community, nation and world. A gift to the Dean’s Excellence Fund ensures our students have the financial aid they need, our faculty has the support required, and we have the facilities to support the transformational learning and research both deserve. Donate to this fund »
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Excellence Fund »

    The School of Humanities and Social Sciences Deans Excellence Fund supports out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities for students. All students who are given money from this fund apply it toward study abroad, conference travel, or high cost of living internship opportunities throughout the year. Donate to this fund »
  • School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs Dean’s Excellence Fund »

    As the saying goes, “Whoever speaks only his mother tongue is stuck in his mother’s world.” The 21st century brings major transformations to our society. A gift to the Dean’s Excellence Fund ensures that students in the College of Charleston’s School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs are equipped to succeed in a globally interdependent world. Donate to this fund »
  • School of Professional Studies Dean’s Excellence Fund »

    The School of Professional Studies administers undergraduate, continuing education, and professional certification programs; providing the resources necessary to attain professional success and inspire personal growth. Our expansive course offerings reflect the diverse interests of adult learners, with an emphasis on practical experiences and immediate outcomes. Donate to this fund »
  • School of Sciences & Mathematics Dean’s Excellence Fund »

    Here at the School of Sciences and Mathematics we recognize that the value of an institution is measured by the talented students and faculty that we are able to attract, retain, and serve. A gift to the Dean’s Excellence Fund ensures that our students have the aid they need, that our faculty has the support that’s required, and that we have the facilities to support the transformational learning and research that both deserve. Donate to this fund »
  • Graduate School Dean's Excellence Fund »

    The Graduate School is focused on innovative applied research that is relevant to global issues. By focusing on building a talent pipeline for coastal, historic, digital, aerospace and health communities worldwide, our graduate students are acquiring globally competitive skills. A gift to the Graduate School Dean’s Excellence Fund equips our graduate students to succeed in a globally interdependent world. Donate to this fund »
  • Honors College Dean’s Excellence Fund »

    Here at the Honors College at the College of Charleston, our students have diverse interests and goals, but share the desire to be challenged academically. A gift to the Dean’s Excellence Fund creates a living-learning community which provides students with the academic challenge and personal attention necessary to flourish and evolve into leaders in their communities and the world. Donate to this fund »
  • The College of Charleston Libraries Dean’s Excellence Fund »

    The Dean’s Excellence Fund strives to raise the margin of excellence of the comprehensive collection of scholarly materials and library services congruent with the institution’s present and anticipated instructional and research requirements. The quality of materials held in the College of Charleston libraries significantly impacts the educational and instructional experience of every student and faculty member. Donate to this fund »
  • Student Affairs Excellence Fund »

    Student Affairs is life outside of the classroom. A gift to the Student Affairs Excellence Fund enhances current student life programs, supports new initiatives devoted to student success and leadership, creates further opportunities for community and civic engagement, and continues to build upon a culture of fraternity, openness and social fulfillment. Donate to this fund »
  • Cougar Club (Athletics) »

    A gift to the Cougar Club can provide the opportunity for young men and women to achieve their academic and athletic goals. More than 800 alumni, friends and fans of Cougar Athletics contribute annually to the Cougar Club. These gifts are vital to the continued success of our athletic programs as our student-athletes represent the College in competition both regionally and nationally. has the power to make an immediate and significant impact on every SOTA student every day, ensuring the school's continued role in shaping the future of the arts on campus and in the community. Your gift will be used where the need is greatest. Learn more about the Cougar Club » Donate to this fund »

Questions? Contact Laurie Soenen, Director of Annual Giving Programs at 843.953.3418 or soenenl@cofc.edu