Giving to NSU

The Impact of Giving

Last year, the NSU Foundation contributed $49.3 million to Northern State University, with $2.75 million going directly to student scholarships. Through the gifts of generous supporters, the foundation and university awarded 2,000 scholarships, with an average scholarship award of $1,382 per student.

How to Give

Philanthropic support for NSU has never been more important. Every gift, regardless of its size or designation, demonstrates a commitment to quality education and the future of Northern State University. Below are just some of the ways you can partner with NSU to make an impact:

Restricted Gifts allow donors to support an area of the university that is personally meaningful to them. Gifts can be designated to a specific college, school, athletic program or other area of interest. Donate online today.

Matching Gifts are a way to multiply your generosity through your employer’s matching gift program. Many companies will also match gifts made by retired employees, directors and spouses. Contact your human resources office to find out if your company has a matching gift policy.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts honor someone special with a gift supporting NSU.

Stock Gifts support NSU simply and quickly with gifts of appreciated stocks and mutual funds.

Non-Cash Gifts, such as such as pledges, gifts-in-kind and real estate, are accepted by the NSU Foundation.

Endowments are the bedrock of NSU’s private support. Endowed gifts are those given to the foundation that remain in perpetuity because only the income earned on the principal sum is awarded. Endowed gifts help provide for the future strength and sustainability of Northern State University.

Scholarships are one of Northern State University’s greatest needs. Donors can choose to donate to an existing scholarship or create a named scholarship of their own. Over 90 percent of our students rely on financial aid, and more scholarships are always needed.

Planned Gifts are carefully planned to help you meet your philanthropic and financial goals.


The Annual Fund is a powerful source of unrestricted funding that is critical to the continued success of NSU. Gifts to the Annual Fund have an immediate impact on today’s students, faculty and the university overall.

The Heritage Society honors a special group of individuals who have named Northern State University Foundation as beneficiary through planned gifts such as trusts, insurance and bequests. Many gift options enable donors to contribute for the future benefit of NSU while taking advantage of the income and tax advantages these gifts provide.

Annual Scholarships provide critical financial support to students who meet criteria established by the donor and university. Nowhere is the tradition of giving more vital than in scholarship support, with one generation assisting the next.

The NSU Wolves Club is the largest annual fund-raising program for men's and women's intercollegiate athletics. Founded in 1978, the Wolves Club is a dedicated group of athletic fans who volunteer their time and talent to promote Northern athletics. These boosters raise annual revenue for Northern athletics through concession sales, special events, sponsorships and the annual membership drive. Learn More

Legacy of Leadership provides naming opportunities for programs, buildings, or endowments to memorialize a loved one, salute a member or honor one's entire family.

A small percentage of some gifts to the NSU Foundation will be used to support overall Foundation activities. Please contact the NSU Foundation staff for more information at 605-626-2550 or visit us at the Beckman Building at 620 15th Ave. SE. in Aberdeen, S.D.