By giving to the college, you honor our rich history, but also help write the next chapter in our story. Support the Lees-McRae educational experience. Browse the resources below and contact the Office of Advancement with any questions.


Ways to Give


    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, and 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.

Contact Us

Edward Roberts

Vice President for Institutional Advancement 

Sam Stephenson

Major Gifts Officer 

Katie Talbert

Director of Alumni Relations 

Kara Fore-Flores

Director of Grant Development and Management 

Mary Taylor

Director of Advancement Services