Giving to NSU


Norfolk State University is an institution of higher learning that strives to provide a quality education for all of its students. NSU is proud to be one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and serves many students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Types of Giving

Contributions to NSU are accepted through the NSU Foundation, Inc., a non-profit fundraising corporation established to support quality education and to generate private financial support for the academic development of the University. The Foundation is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors, whose members serve as advocates for the University and its programs.


Although NSU is a public University to which the Commonwealth of Virginia provides funding, that funding comprises only 34% of the University's annual budget. NSU relies on grants and private giving to supplement the state’s funding so that we can fulfill our mission “to provide an affordable high quality education for an ethnically and culturally diverse population, equipping them with the capability to become productive citizens who continuously contribute to a global and rapidly changing society.”

The University works to fulfill the mission by enriching academic programs, attracting and retaining quality faculty, providing scholarships to promising students, and increasing student access to cutting edge technology. In order to be implemented and sustained, all of these resources require the support of private donors.