The Fund for Lees-McRae includes all undesignated contributions from loyal alumni, enthusiastic students, committed faculty, dedicated staff, and engaged families and friends. These gifts benefit all students by supporting scholarship awards, classroom technology, academic program development, experiential learning including theatrical productions, facilities maintenance, and so much more. An undesignated gift is arguably the most valuable, as it provides the institution the flexibility to direct monies where the need is greatest. Your annual, sustainable gift will help bridge the gap between the rising costs of education and the income received through tuition and endowment earnings.

Credit Card

Lees-McRae College accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.

Make a gift online

Check (Cash)

Write your check to Lees-McRae College and indicate your gift designation in the memo section of the check. Mail your gift to the Office of Advancement, where all charitable contributions to Lees-McRae College are processed:
Office of Advancement
Lees-McRae College 
PO Box 128 
Banner Elk, NC 28604


If you would like to speak with a staff member about a gift, please call 828.898.2534, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For calls outside of regular business hours, please leave a message and your call will be promptly returned.

Stocks, Bonds & Mutual Funds

Contributing appreciated securities offers significant tax advantages for you. If you have owned the shares for more than one year, you may deduct their full fair market value as a charitable contribution and bypass all capital gains taxes. Gifts of appreciated stock are fully deductible up to a maximum of 30% of your adjusted gross income. Contributions over that limit, may be carried forward for up to three subsequent years.

Matching Gifts

Many companies match their employee’s gifts. You may be able to double or even triple the impact of your gift if you (or your spouse) work for a company that matches gifts to higher education. This benefit is often extended to retired employees, as well. Check with your company’s human resources department to see if there is a matching gift program and obtain the necessary forms.

Automatic Bank Draft

If you manage your finances through your bank’s website, you may set up an automatic draft from your checking account to Lees-McRae College. Your bank may call the service "automatic bill pay," but it is a very easy way to give to Lees-McRae monthly or annually. For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement at 828.898.2534.

Payroll Deduction

Lees-McRae employees can make charitable contributions to the College by payroll deduction.

To sign up, please fill out a copy of the Employee Commitment Form (found on BobcatNet) and return it to:
Alumni House or Campus Post Office Box #5001

Personal Property

If you would like to donate personal property to Lees-McRae College, please contact the Office of Advancement at 828.898.2534. Some gifts require appraisal or advance approval in order to be accepted.

Real Estate

All gifts of real estate require prior approval by the College. A gift of real estate may be a principal residence or vacation, a farm, a commercial building, a subdivision lot, or unimproved land. The gift may be the entire property or a fractional interest in the property. The Office of Advancement can walk you through the approval process. For more information, call 828.898.2534.

Fundraising on behalf of the College is prohibited without first obtaining written authorization from the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The College cannot accept gifts from third-party crowdfunding vendors (e.g., GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, Kickstarter).

Contact the Advancement Staff

Edward Roberts
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Kara Fore-Flores
Director of Grant Development and Management

Tariana Nguyen ’18
Director of Annual Giving

Samuel Stephenson
Major Gifts Officer

Katie Talbert
Director of Alumni Relations

Mary Taylor
Director of Advancement Services