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The Catawba Fund

Help unlock our Catawba vision.

Just as others provided support while you were here, now you hold the key to assist the next generation.

You play a vital role in the success of this new generation. Your assistance allows Catawba to offer the best facilities, hire the best faculty and attract the best students. We can direct funds immediately to things that are important to you like scholarships, academic and athletic programs, renovations and construction and even day-to-day operating costs.

Making a gift to the Catawba Fund is a way for alumni, parents and friends of Catawba to support every aspect of Catawba.

Gifts of any size are very important. Corporations and foundations examine the rate of alumni giving when they decide which colleges will receive grants and other forms of financial support. 

Key Points:

Scholarship Support

  • Enable promising students that attend Catawba
  • Assist capable students to continue their education
  • Work-study
  • Financial Aid

Academic Support

  • Classroom technology
  • Classroom materials for faculty
  • Interactive learning systems
  • Power point technology
  • Computer Labs
  • Academic materials

Operational Support

  • Improvements to residence halls
  • Upgrades to campus living spaces
  • Areas of immediate need

    Double Your $$$ with Employer Match Giving
    If your employer participates in a corporate matching gift program, the impact of your gift for Catawba could be doubled or even tripled. Many companies match gifts from spouses and retirees as well. Check with your employer's human resources department to see whether this benefit is available to you. 

    Give Early = Give MORE!
    By making your gift early in Catawba's fiscal year, you increase the value of your gift.


Online Giving

In an effort to reduce our use of printed materials and facilitate giving to the college, we are proud to direct you to our online giving site through which you have the opportunity to conveniently and securely support the college.

Make a Gift



What is the Catawba Fund?

The Catawba Fund is a giving umbrella under which the following categories of support for Catawba are grouped:

  • General Unrestricted giving affects the entire College and every individual in it — every program, every activity, every aspect of the institution. These funds are applied directly to current operating expenses.

  • Unendowed Student Aid comprises the majority of the large financial assistance program Catawba uses to assist students in attending the College. Today 98% percent of Catawba students receive some form of financial aid — scholarships, grants, loans, workstudy.
Calling All Those Who Love Catawba!

Students will be calling alumni and parents during October, November and February. Please take a moment to pledge your support to the future with a gift to Catawba.

The Giving Circles of Catawba College

Catawba places great dependence on the continuing support of her alumni and friends. The Circles of Catawba were organized during the 1969-70 academic year as a means of both recognizing and encouraging this vital continuing support. The Circles program has grown and enlarged over the years with new categories of giving created to recognize special donor interests and generosity. Gifts to the Circles may be designated for any purpose-capital projects, general endowment, scholarships, awards, memorial funds, the library, etc.

Membership in a Circle is determined by the total amount given during the fiscal year. 
Levels of Giving:


($50,000 and above)


($25,000 to $49,999)


($10,000 to $24,999)


($5,000 to $9,999)


($2,500 to $4,999)


($1,851 to $2,499)


($750 to $1850)


($500 to $749)


($250 to $499)


($100 to $249)


($1 to $99)


A Few Catawba Key Players


Ryan Dayvault '08

Business Services Coordinator, UNC-Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute

"Outstanding academics, enduring relationships, lifetime friendships, and opportunity are all characteristics that describe Catawba. From my first visit at Catawba with Ralph Ketner to graduation day, Catawba's commitment to provide a life-changing education to students was forever present in all of my endeavors. I am happy to be able to give back to the College that gave me so much."


Randy Southard '74

Vice President Account Executive Benefits Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

"I am inspired to repay Catawba through my financial contributions. Catawba gave me a tremendous real-life practical education and the basics on which I've been able to build and maintain a successful career. I want to protect the future of Catawba and the students who grow out of its mantra because we need the Catawba spirit to prevail."


For more information on how you can become involved with Catawba's success, please call (704) 637-4394 or contact Mindy Miller at or Jen Longwell at