From astronomy to art, from scholarships to student services, from faculty support to fellowships, from business to baseball, there is a fund that matters to you at the University of Nevada, Reno. Below is a representative, but not exhaustive, list of programs and initiatives that make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and community members. Find the fund that's important to you below, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 784-1587 to learn about the many other University programs that would benefit from your support.
College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources
The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources offers students the chance to apply life and earth sciences to real-world problems. With majors ranging from biochemistry and molecular biology to wildlife ecology and conservation, the college prepares students for a variety of hands-on jobs.
To learn more about giving to the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, contact Christina Sarman '00, '11 M.A., at (775) 784-6009.
The College of Business
The College of Business offers degree programs in fields ranging from accounting to economics to marketing. It also hosts the annual Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition which awards $50,000 to the first place team.
To learn more about giving to The College of Business, contact Zack Madonick '11 at (775) 682-6041.
College of Education & Human Development
Offering degree programs in all facets of learning and human development, the College of Education & Human Development prepares educators to shape the future. Its research informs practice and policy, and its outreach and service make a difference at the state, national and international levels.
To learn more about giving to the College of Education & Human Development, contact Stefanie Givens at (775) 784-6914.
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering offers degrees in nine disciplines, training students to do anything from develop renewable energy sources to build earthquake-resistant bridges. Outside the classroom, award-winning competition teams, internships and outreach programs offer a chance to apply engineering skills in a real-world setting.
To learn more about giving to the College of Engineering, contact Flynn Ginty at (775) 682-7696.
College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts contains the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, as well as the School of the Arts and the School of Social Research and Justice Studies. The college plays key roles in undergraduate and graduate education, while the faculty is recognized for its research and creative activity.
To learn more about giving to the College of Liberal Arts, contact Julie Mathews '03 at (775) 784-6873.
College of Science
With its internationally known faculty, the College of Science equips students to be successful in innovative careers. In addition to its degrees ranging from atmospheric science to molecular microbiology and immunology, the college brings national speakers to campus through its Discover Science Lecture Series.
School of Public Health
The School of Public Health is for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the health industry. The School of Publich Health recognizes that health requires a multi-faceted approach and emphasizes multiple perspectives in its curriculum, including the emotional, spiritual, environmental and physical.
To learn more about giving to the School of Public Health, contact Jillian Szewczak ’13 at (775) 682-7178.
School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is dedicated to the values and commitments of the social work profession through education, research and public service. It prepares effective and ethical social workers who challenge injustice and promote a more humane world.
To learn more about giving to the School of Social Work, contact Jillian Szewczak ’13 at (775) 682-7178.
Orvis School of Nursing
Founded in 1956, the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno is the oldest school of nursing in the state and is dedicated to serving people of Nevada through quality teaching, research and service.
To learn more about giving to the Orvis School of Nursing, contact Jillian Szewczak ’13 at (775) 682-7178.
The Graduate School at the University of Nevada, Reno represents the nearly 100 graduate programs offered on campus, many of which are individually ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Pursuing master and doctoral degrees, graduate students play an integral role in the University's research and teaching agenda.
The Honors College seeks to provide students who are both academically talented and highly motivated with an undergraduate education that nurtures and promotes their capacities to think competently, understand deeply and act ethically.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's mission has not changed since its inception in 1914. Together with volunteers, its more than 200 personnel in 18 offices deliver non-degree, educational programs in agriculture; trees, lawn and landscaping; natural resources; health and nutrition; children, youth and families; and community development.
To learn more about the Extension, contact Christina Sarman '00, '11 M.A., at (775) 784-6009.
Reynolds School of Journalism
The Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies offers students the chance to blend traditional journalistic principles in the ever-changing field of media and communications. With six Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni, the school is also known for its strong presence at the National Student Advertising Competition.
To learn more about giving to the Reynolds School of Journalism, contact Laurice Antoun-Becker at (775) 784-4184.
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
As Nevada’s first public medical school, UNR Med is community-engaged and research-intensive with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is committed to improving the health of all Nevadans through excellence in medical education, postgraduate training and clinical care, as well as biomedical and clinical research with local, national and global impact.
To learn more about giving to the School of Medicine, contact Shari Netzel at (775) 682-6077.
Annual Giving is the primary way for alumni, parents and friends to support the University of Nevada, Reno with gifts under $1,000. Annual Giving is a commitment to the University, whether that be through unrestricted support to the Nevada Fund, support to the Parents Fund or giving to specific areas on campus. Annual Giving reaches out to alumni, parents and friends via mail, phone, email and crowdfunding. Every gift to Nevada, no matter the size, makes a difference.
From the greens to the gridiron, the slopes to the swimming pool, Wolf Pack Athletics is home to 15 different teams. Our student–athletes, led by their dedicated coaches, provide the community with exciting sporting events that bring northern Nevadans together.
It is crucial that the students and faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno have the facilities necessary to perform the high-impact research and scholarship that have become the hallmarks of the University. Gifts to capital projects have funded some of the cornerstone buildings on campus, from the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center to the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, each vital to student success.
- To support our capital projects, contact Development & Alumni Relations at (775) 784-1352.
Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy
Our corporate and foundation partners provide necessary support for University initiatives. These partnerships have enabled the University to develop state-of-the-art facilities and train the next generation of leaders in their fields, enriching the community and the economy.
- To learn more about how your foundation or corporation can support the University, contact Crystal Parrish, director of corporate and foundation relations, at (775) 682-6023.
Endowments generate a steady stream of income while leaving the principal untouched. Alumni, faculty, parents and friends of Nevada who make endowment gifts are attracted to the opportunity to ensure the institution, or a particular program or activity, will exist in perpetuity. Behind each endowment gift is a personal motivation—to repay a debt of gratitude for the donor's own education, to honor a loved one or simply to make a positive impact. Gifts to endowment may be made in cash, securities, real estate, or through planned giving or a bequest.
The University would not be a vibrant center of intellectual achievement and outreach without our outstanding faculty. Please consider supporting their work by donating to their projects and research or by establishing an endowed professorship.
The minimum gifts for an endowed position are as follows:
Minimum gift is $1,000,000
Minimum gift is $500,000
Minimum gift is $250,000
The faculty who have been brought to campus to teach our students and to perform high-impact research through the generosity of our donors can be found on our donor-supported faculty positions page.
Broadcasting live from the University of Nevada, Reno, KUNR is a news and information radio station that reaches 50,000 weekly listeners in 20 communities over 100,000 square miles of northern Nevada and California.
Memorial and Tribute Gifts
To honor a friend, family member or mentor, you may consider establishing a memorial scholarship or gift in your loved one's name.
The University of Nevada, Reno is a leading research university committed to the pursuit of knowledge that addresses the important issues of our time, promotes innovation and drives economic development in Nevada.
Reunion and Class Gifts
Alumni are encouraged to contribute to a class fund established in honor of their class year. Giving to your class fund demonstrates an appreciation for the education and experiences you received on campus. Once a class fund reaches $10,000, it becomes a permanent endowment with the promise of helping current and future students for generations to come.
Each year, the University offers more than 3,000 scholarships to students. Whether you would like to support students facing financial hardship or those in pursuit of a particular program of study, creating or supporting a scholarship directly impacts the lives of our students and, in turn, improves our community.
In support of the University's mission to advance teaching, research, student learning and community engagement, the University Libraries embrace intellectual inquiry and innovation, nurture the production of new knowledge and foster excellence in education through scholarly resources, active learning environments, cutting-edge technology and exceptional service.