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Your gift to the Department of American Studies enables our faculty, staff, and students to maintain the consistent standard of excellence that animates our teaching, research, and public engagement. Our department maintains several different funds so donors can specify what fund they want their gift to go to. If you have questions about these different funds, contact the interim Department Chair, Patricia Sawin.

The Department of American Studies faculty has identified five areas of need. The designation numbers in parentheses help your donation go to the right place:

The American Indian Studies Fund (100110)

The fund will support the education and research objectives of faculty members working in American Indian Studies.

The Henry Owl Scholarship Fund for Undergraduate Students (104347)

The fund provides need-based funds to one or more undergraduate majors in the American Studies department, with a preference to students in American Indian & Indigenous Studies.

The Joy S. Kasson Excellence Fund in American Studies (105428)

After consultation with the Dean, the Chair of the Department of American Studies will use the fund as discretionary funding for the Chair to meet the department’s needs.

The Daniel Patterson Folklore Fund (107463)

Funds from the allocation will be used to support graduate students in folklore carrying out ethnographic fieldwork.

The Southern Studies Fund (100456)

The fund will be used by the Chair of the Department of American Studies, after consultation with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to provide support for further development of Southern Studies (the study of the American South) in the college and the university.

The American Gift Fund (101021)

The fund will be used to provide for the educational and research objectives of the Department.

There are two options for giving to our department: online or by mail.

Give Online

You may make a gift online to any of the American Studies Department’s funds. This site is secure; your personal and credit card information will be encrypted, protected and kept strictly confidential.

When giving online, you have many options, including:

  • Credit Card – Make a gift using your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).
  • Bank Draft – Make a gift via a monthly draft of your checking account. Complete this form to print and mail with a voided check to the Office of University Development.
  • Pledge – Make an annual or quarterly gift commitment now, and we will send you reminders. For a monthly commitment, select a monthly recurring gift.
  • Payroll Deduction (for UNC employees) – Employees of the University may give by payroll deduction. Complete this form to print and mail to the Office of University Development.

Give By Mail 

You may also donate by check or money order. Please make the check or money order payable to the “ Arts and Sciences Foundation, Inc.” with the name of the Fund you wish to donate to along with the designation number in the memo line and mail to:

The Arts and Sciences Foundation
Attn: Philip Brooks
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
523 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

For questions about donating in support of the Department of American Studies, Please contact:

Philip Brooks
Associate Director of Development
The Arts and Sciences Foundation, 919-843-3919