How To Donate

We must raise $25,000 by 2018 in order to finalize this scholarship. That’s a lot of money, but we’ve found the best way to get there is to encourage contributors to commit to an annual donation of at least $100 over five years. But, of course, any donation amount is accepted and appreciated at any time. We tend to follow up with donors each year in November and December as a reminder about the fund and their pledge.

It’s easy to make your tax-deductible donation online: Go to the Make a Gift page on the J-school website and select “The Visual Storytellers Community Fund” from the dropdown menu. Or select the “Search Funds” tab. Search for “The Visual Storytellers Community Fund” or for fund number 244202. Follow the donation instructions.

If you have any questions or would like to let us know that you’ve donated — or just want to say hi — email Jessey and Lauren at

That seems like a lot of money!

To make an endowment within the UNC system, we need to fundraise $25,000 by 2018. We’re hoping to get there with 100% alumni donations. It might seem like a lot, but we crunched some numbers:

  • Together we’ve raised more than $11,000 as of May 2015.
  • We still need about $14,000 in order to establish an endowment.
  • If 20 people pledge $100 per year for 5 years, that’s $10,000!
  • That’s about equal to the cost of 1 or 2 pints of beer per month.
  • Or 2 fancy lattes per month…

There are more than 200 CPJW alumni from the past 11 years. So this should be easy, right?


If you’re an alumnus interested in being a resource or mentor for scholarship recipients, email Jessey and Lauren at and we’ll help connect you. This could include anything from reviewing and giving feedback on stories to help with resume and coverletters to advice on portfolios or career-track advice. Your knowledge is invaluable to young visual journalists.