About The NSU Foundation


The mission of the Northwestern State University Foundation is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of Northwestern State University, primarily through financial resources raised and distributed by the corporation.

Our History

The Northwestern State Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated on May 20, 1960.

On May 20, 1960, 27 individuals founded the nonprofit corporation as defined in the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, and signed Articles of Incorporation creating the Northwestern State University Foundation.

The Foundation manages various programs, including: scholarships, professorships and chair funds, fund-raising and development operations, college and departmental support, and other university-related programs. The Foundation also bridges relationships with faculty, students, alumni, friends, corporations and other foundations interested in academic excellence.

The Foundation functions through its Board of Directors, institutional constituents and donors. The NSU Board of Directors is a voluntary group of business and professional leaders that govern the NSU Foundation, meeting four times per year working on several committees.

The Foundation

How does the Foundation assist Northwestern State University?

The Foundation works with former students, corporations and other supporters to match their charitable interests with the university’s priorities. Your gifts create scholarships, advance faculty endeavors, enhance student programs and fund new buildings. Gifts made to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Through the years, the NSU Foundation Inc., has assisted the university in many ways. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Funding areas not supported with state dollars.
  • Supporting academic departments in areas where state funds are not available or when additional funding is critical.
  • Providing funds for academic scholarship, currently more than $1.5 million per year.
  • Securing and managing large grants and contributions for endowing professorships, scholarships and chairs.
  • Managing and investing money raised by the NSU Alumni Association.
  • Administering and overseeing endowed funds, including scholarship accounts, totaling approximately $20 million.
  • Assisting the NSU administrating in achieving university goals and objectives.

Why give to the Foundation?

Your tax-deductible donation can impact Northwestern State University, regardless of amount. Your active participation impacts our community and student education. The Northwestern State Foundation is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors. Our Federal Identification Number is 72-6021495.