College of Charleston Giving

Each year, private support to the College of Charleston plays a critical role in preserving our place as one of the nation's best public liberal arts and sciences universities.

Philanthropy or the philanthropist at the College is not defined by the gift or the size of the gift. What matters is the belief, commitment and the desire to be an active part of the College’s future. Your support impacts every corner of our campus from scholarships to research funds for faculty, academic programs to cutting-edge technology.

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Scholarship Opens Opportunities Through Music 09/29/2021

Scholarship Opens Opportunities Through Music

Scholarship Opens Opportunities Through Music Above: Alumna Taylor Holloway is among the violin students at CofC who have received the Mary Stewart Allan Award for Violin. Mary Stewart Allan ’28 was among the first women admitted to the College of Charleston. A Classics major, Allan studied the violin for years, as music was her true love. Up...

Grant Helps Avery Research Center Sustain Local Black Community 09/23/2021

Grant Helps Avery Research Center Sustain Local Black Community

Grant Helps Avery Research Center Sustain Local Black Community Above: Black and white photograph of Gresham-Meggett School Homecoming Queen, from the Walter N. Boags Collection. (Images courtesy of Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture) The Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Cente...

U.S. News & World Report Gives CofC High Marks in Annual Rankings 09/16/2021

U.S. News & World Report Gives CofC High Marks in Annual Rankings

Great news - the College of Charleston is one of the top colleges and universities in the South, according to the 2022 edition of Best Colleges by US News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report Gives CofC High Marks in Annual Rankings The College of Charleston is one of the top colleges and universities in the South, according to the 2022 edition of Best Colleges by US News & World Report. The College ranked No. 9 among southern institutions and No. 5 in the category of best public colleges in the region. In addition, the College...

Gift is an Investment in Financial Experiential Learning 09/08/2021

Gift is an Investment in Financial Experiential Learning

Thanks to the Mullen family's generous donation, approximately 140 student participants have received the opportunity to learn how to manage funds totaling close to $400,000.

Gift is an Investment in Financial Experiential Learning The School of Business Investment Program at the College of Charleston began in 2013 with a cohort of 20 students managing a public asset portfolio of $50,000. Today, around 140 students have participated in the program and a structure of three managed funds totaling nearly $400,000. Managed within....

Princeton Review Names CofC a Top College 09/07/2021

Princeton Review Names CofC a Top College

Princeton Review Names CofC a Top College The Princeton Review has once again named the College of Charleston as one of the best institutions for undergraduate education in America. The college admission services company profiles and recommends the College of Charleston in the 2022 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 387 Colleges....

CofC Celebrates a Record Year in Fundraising 08/31/2021

CofC Celebrates a Record Year in Fundraising

A very special thanks to our generous donors for making fiscal year 2021 a record year for fundraising with more than $20 million raised. We are so grateful for your support to help advance the College to new heights!

CofC Celebrates a Record Year in Fundraising Buoyed by loyal donors and alumni, the College of Charleston Foundation reached a new fundraising record in fiscal year 2021, garnering more than $20 million in philanthropic gifts. The wave of giving, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, makes this achievement even more meaningful, says Colle...

The Libraries' Latest Chapter 08/30/2021

The Libraries' Latest Chapter

The Libraries' Latest Chapter Long before the College taught its first class in 1790, it boasted an impressive collection of books upon which to build its library. But this inaugural donation of 800 volumes – at the time rare and expensive objects – was nearly lost before the College began to function in earnest. In the earl...

Timeline Photos 08/26/2021

It's National Dog Day! Show a furry friend some extra love today. 🐶🐩🐾🐕

It's National Dog Day! Show a furry friend some extra love today. 🐶🐩🐾🐕

Timeline Photos 08/24/2021

Happy first day of classes, Cougars! We're thrilled to have you back on campus. 📚💻✏️

Happy first day of classes, Cougars! We're thrilled to have you back on campus. 📚💻✏️

Timeline Photos 08/20/2021

We're so excited to welcome the newest class of Cougars this weekend for move-in! #CofC25

We're so excited to welcome the newest class of Cougars this weekend for move-in! #CofC25

CofC Launches Four New Academic Programs for Fall 2021 08/16/2021

CofC Launches Four New Academic Programs for Fall 2021

CofC Launches Four New Academic Programs for Fall 2021 The College of Charleston is always adapting, always growing – taking its direction from the ever-changing needs of the world and its students. That’s why it is launching four new programs of study this fall, ensuring its students are on course for whatever direction they want to go – whether ...

Choral Scholarship Creates Community Through Music 08/10/2021

Choral Scholarship Creates Community Through Music

Thanks to generous donors, Driq Graves '21 was able to focus on his studies because of an annual scholarship through the Charleston Men's Chorus.

Choral Scholarship Creates Community Through Music Above: Charleston Mens Chorus scholarship recipient Driq Graves sings the national anthem during spring 2021 commencement. (Photo by Mike Ledford) Music is a shared experience – one that brings life to our greatest joys and comfort to our deepest sorrows. It gives us a space to be our truest selve...

College of Charleston Athletic Fund has Record Breaking Year 08/09/2021

College of Charleston Athletic Fund has Record Breaking Year

College of Charleston Athletic Fund has Record Breaking Year For the third time since 2018, the College of Charleston Athletic Fund (CAF) had a record-breaking fundraising year, raising more than $2.6 million for the Athletics Department. CAF’s annual fund, the Cougar Club, raised a record $1.1 million during the 2020-21

08/05/2021

August is National Make-A-Will Month! This summer take stock of the people, causes, and communities you love by making a plan. You can use FreeWill, a free, online resource that guides you through the process of creating your legally valid will in 20 minutes or less and show those you love just how much you care today: https://giving.cofc.edu/freewill

August is National Make-A-Will Month! This summer take stock of the people, causes, and communities you love by making a plan. You can use FreeWill, a free, online resource that guides you through the process of creating your legally valid will in 20 minutes or less and show those you love just how much you care today: https://giving.cofc.edu/freewill

1967 Legacy Program to Welcome First Class of Scholars 07/27/2021

1967 Legacy Program to Welcome First Class of Scholars

Thanks to our donors' generous support, the inaugural class of scholars for the new 1967 Legacy Program will arrive on campus this fall.

1967 Legacy Program to Welcome First Class of Scholars Above: Members of the first class of the 1967 Legacy Program (L-R): Miyah Jackson, Jalen Newell, Amber Anderson, Ashanti Carter, Treashure Richardson, Madison Meeks, Tayelor Morgan and Gaige Johnson. Not pictured: Chandler Harris, Jasmine Palmer and Kahlil Wright. (Photo by Heather Moran) After more...

07/20/2021

Remembering Dorothea Benton Frank

Dorothea Benton Frank was a bestselling novelist and long-time friend of the College. Today is the last day to register for the webinar honoring "Aunt Dot" this Thursday.

Register here: https://aa.cofc.edu/dottie-frank-webinar-2021

Three Former Cougars Dreaming of Gold at #Tokyo2020 - College of Charleston Athletics 07/20/2021

Three Former Cougars Dreaming of Gold at #Tokyo2020 - College of Charleston Athletics

Way to go, Cougars!

Three Former Cougars Dreaming of Gold at #Tokyo2020 - College of Charleston Athletics CHARLESTON, S.C. – For one of the most storied sailing programs in the nation, the goal year in and year out has always been the same: mentor and produce world class sailors and compete for national championships.

Timeline Photos 07/15/2021

Meet a scholarship recipient: Angus McCord '22 from Greer, SC. McCord is a geology major with a meteorology minor and a Charleston Fellow in the Honors College. “Financial support is quite critical to my ability to achieve my dreams. I can’t imagine how many more hours I would have to be working to pay for school. I hope to go to graduate school in a natural resources related field after I graduate. Thank You!!!”

Meet a scholarship recipient: Angus McCord '22 from Greer, SC. McCord is a geology major with a meteorology minor and a Charleston Fellow in the Honors College. “Financial support is quite critical to my ability to achieve my dreams. I can’t imagine how many more hours I would have to be working to pay for school. I hope to go to graduate school in a natural resources related field after I graduate. Thank You!!!”

Timeline Photos 07/12/2021

Neysa N. Williams ’95, president of the Black Alumni Council and member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, established a fund to support the Black Student Union. “I am honored and proud to tell people I am a graduate of the College of Charleston and I believe I continue the legacy of my ancestors every time I help a student realize and achieve their goal,” says Williams. Read more https://bit.ly/3wkOQch

Neysa N. Williams ’95, president of the Black Alumni Council and member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, established a fund to support the Black Student Union. “I am honored and proud to tell people I am a graduate of the College of Charleston and I believe I continue the legacy of my ancestors every time I help a student realize and achieve their goal,” says Williams. Read more https://bit.ly/3wkOQch

'Fiske Guide' Names CofC a Top School 07/08/2021

'Fiske Guide' Names CofC a Top School

'Fiske Guide' Names CofC a Top School For the 17th year in a row, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has named the College of Charleston as one of “the best and most interesting institutions in the nation.” The noted guidebook compiled by Edward Fiske, former New York Times education editor, includes over 300 colleges and universities out ...

Timeline Photos 07/07/2021

The Edwards dedicated their lives to teaching, and with O.M. & Bertie Edwards Scholarship recipients like Jay Scott, they continue making a positive difference for future educators and their students. Established in 2011, the O.M. & Bertie H. Edwards Scholarship honors their combined 100 years of teaching. Learn more about the Edwards: https://bit.ly/3hoxVl6

The Edwards dedicated their lives to teaching, and with O.M. & Bertie Edwards Scholarship recipients like Jay Scott, they continue making a positive difference for future educators and their students. Established in 2011, the O.M. & Bertie H. Edwards Scholarship honors their combined 100 years of teaching. Learn more about the Edwards: https://bit.ly/3hoxVl6

Timeline Photos 07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day, Cougars! 🎇🇺🇸

Happy Independence Day, Cougars! 🎇🇺🇸

Timeline Photos 06/30/2021

Happy Social Media Day from Clyde the Cougar! Thanks for following along with us 🤳 📱

Happy Social Media Day from Clyde the Cougar! Thanks for following along with us 🤳 📱

Timeline Photos 06/28/2021

This Wednesday marks your final opportunity to give back and help our students have the best start possible this upcoming fall. Please consider making a gift of any size online at give.cofc.edu/Donate2021!

This Wednesday marks your final opportunity to give back and help our students have the best start possible this upcoming fall. Please consider making a gift of any size online at give.cofc.edu/Donate2021!

Timeline Photos 06/28/2021

This Wednesday marks your final opportunity to give back and help our students have the best start possible this upcoming fall. Please consider making a gift of any size online at give.cofc.edu/Donate2021!

We're only 66 alumni away from our goal of 3,500 alumni donors to the College by June 30, the end of FY21! Please check here to see if your name is listed: http://bit.ly/CofCAlumniHonorRoll If not, please click here to donate any amount by Wednesday to join the Alumni Honor Roll: http://bit.ly/CofCAlumniFund21 #KnowThyself #Since1770

Dominion Energy Supports Call Me MISTER Program 06/22/2021

Dominion Energy Supports Call Me MISTER Program

Dominion Energy Supports Call Me MISTER Program Above: Pierre "PJ" Edwards was among the inductees welcomed this spring into the Call Me MISTER program. The Call Me MISTER program, which supports male minority students majoring in education who plan to become teachers, has received a $50,000 grant from Dominion Energy.

Photos from College of Charleston Giving's post 06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day to our CofC Dads! You're the best (and always willing to snap a great pic for the family 😉)

Honors College Scholarship Memorializes Graduate 06/17/2021

Honors College Scholarship Memorializes Graduate

Chad V. Adams ’18 was a true friend, solid student, and passionate fisherman. After his life was sadly cut short, his parents wanted to honor his legacy with the Chad V. Adams ’18 Memorial Scholarship for graduating honors seniors.

Honors College Scholarship Memorializes Graduate Ask anyone who knew Chad V. Adams ’18, and you’ll be met with enthusiasm. He was a true friend, solid student and passionate fisherman. He loved the Lowcountry and was known to snap his fishing rod into the ski rack on top of his Mini Cooper and go catch, and then release, redfish. An active mem...

06/14/2021

Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2021

We are so grateful for our donors' continued support of the College of Charleston. Your generosity has helped so many students pursue and achieve their dreams!

Timeline Photos 05/31/2021

On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who paid the highest price for our freedom.

On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who paid the highest price for our freedom.

Crossing the Cistern Program Expands in Breadth, Impact 05/25/2021

Crossing the Cistern Program Expands in Breadth, Impact

The Office of Institutional Diversity's Crossing the Cistern program provides financial support, encouragement, academic support, mentoring, internships and volunteer experiences for students.

Now the program has sparked something bigger: new Crossing the Cistern pilot programs in each of the College’s six academic schools.

Crossing the Cistern Program Expands in Breadth, Impact Above: Students and coordinators with the Crossing the Cistern program gathered for an end-of-year celebration on April 30, 2021. It only takes a spark to light a fire. And, when that fire burns bright – that’s when it really takes off. And the College of Charleston Crossing the Cistern (CTC) pr...

Timeline Photos 05/20/2021

Congratulations to this year's 402 Scholarship recipient, TaDora Isaacs, a Marine Biology major at the College! 👏

This scholarship was created by Kristen Faretra Bowden ’95 and her husband Greg in celebration of College Lodge. It is the College's first and only residential scholarship.

For the thousands of students who’ve called it home, there’s no place quite like College Lodge.

This sentiment certainly holds true for Kristen Faretra Bowden ’95, who lived in College Lodge for four of her five years as a CofC student. That’s why she and her husband Greg created the 402 Scholarship (named after Kristen's old room number) in celebration of College Lodge. It is the College's first and only residential scholarship.

Residence Life is pleased to announce this year's 402 Scholarship recipient is TaDora Isaacs, a Marine Biology major at the College!

TaDora had the following to say about her decision to return to Lodge: "I have found from personal experience, along with the experiences of my friends who live in different dorms, that Lodge is more close-knit than other dorms. Our RA's reach out and are willing to hang out with us here at lodge, and that is valuable to me especially when I have my down days. Also, I have had plenty of pleasant interactions on the elevator including finding my roommate for next year. I chose the 6th floor again because of the stellar view of the sunset. I didn't notice last year because I was on the 4th floor, but if your room is high and on the left side of the building you can see a scenic view of the sunset and street that is very calming. It is the highlight of my day."

Congratulations, TaDora! We'll catch you on the 6th floor at sunset this Fall 🌞

Scholarship Celebrates Retired Professor's Passion for the Written Word 05/19/2021

Scholarship Celebrates Retired Professor's Passion for the Written Word

Scholarship Celebrates Retired Professor's Passion for the Written Word Former students, colleagues and friends established the Nan Morrison Endowed Scholarship as an homage to the retired English professor’s passion for teaching English Renaissance and Southern literature. Known as the teacher you ‘took’ if you wanted to challenge yourself, her love for the

Archaeology Comes to Life at the College of Charleston 04/14/2021

Archaeology Comes to Life at the College of Charleston

Did you know that there's an archaeological dig on campus? Professors and students are working together to uncover a mid-19th-century structure adjacent to Rivers Green.

You can support great projects like this through the campus preservation fund.

Archaeology Comes to Life at the College of Charleston It’s a beautiful spring day on campus as College of Charleston junior Robbie Ferrell carefully brushes away bits of dirt from some bricks. His work is revealing more and more of a mid-19th-century structure located just below the surface of the dirt at a site adjacent to Rivers Green. This anthrop...

3 Honors College Students Awarded Goldwater Scholarships 04/13/2021

3 Honors College Students Awarded Goldwater Scholarships

3 Honors College Students Awarded Goldwater Scholarships Above: (L-R) Kristen Snyder, Hails Tanaka and Phia Gierszal have each received the Goldwater Scholarship to support their studies in the field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. (Photos by Heather Moran) From a pool of more than 5,000, three College of Charleston students came out o...

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Philanthropy or the philanthropist at the College is not defined by the gift or the size of the gift. What matters is the belief, commitment and the desire to be an active part of the College’s future.

From convocation to commencement, student success at the College is dependent on the generosity of our donors. At College of Charleston Giving, we work to highlight the importance of each and every gift, and the impact these gifts have on our ability to prepare students for their futures.

You can inspire and support the next generation of Cougars by making an annual gift. Your donation impacts every corner of our campus from scholarships to research funds for faculty, academic programs to cutting-edge technology. Giving has an impact on virtually everything and everyone at the College and collectively raises the College of Charleston’s margin of excellence.

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