Foundation giving

Johnson C. Smith University is proud to have strong, collaborative relationships with private foundations around the country that support and galvanize JCSU’s Gold(en) Blueprint Strategic Plan. The Director of Foundation Relations, in the Office of Institutional Advancement, is the central point of contact for private funds solicitation, research, development and programming.

An Investment in Excellence


JCSU is one of four universities supported by The Duke Endowment, a tradition that dates back to the 1920s. Other private donors and foundations that have consistently supported and funded programs that drive JCSU’s investment in excellence include, but are not limited to:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU)
  • Foundation for the Carolinas
  • UNCF
  • The Levine Foundation

Their contributions have been instrumental in cultivating the programs and driving the sustainability model that has transformed the educational experience at JCSU.