Giving Back to the Gerontology Program

The Gerontology Program at UNC Charlotte started in 1990 and includes students and faculty from many disciplines. We offer an Undergraduate Gerontology Minor and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. The multidisciplinary nature of the program prepares students and professionals interested in specific careers in the field of Aging, Lifecourse, and Gerontology.

We have three funds that welcome your gifts. Giving to our Discretionary Fund allows for the most flexibility in program spending. The Shenk and NMR Awards support student work in different ways. Click here for more information.

  • Shenk Gerontology Research Award
  • NMR Gerontology Graduate Program Scholarship
  • Gerontology Discretionary

How to Give:

Credit Card

To donate via credit card, please click on the green “Give Now” box below and follow the instructions.


Please make your check payable to “UNC Charlotte Foundation” and write “Gerontology Program” in the Memo line. We will direct the funds to the most need.

UNC Charlotte
Office of University Development
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223

Matching gifts

If you or your spouse/partner work for company that matches your charitable gifts, you may be able to increase the size of your donation through a matching gift.


Gifts made to create an endowed fund are invested for perpetuity. A portion of the earned income is then used to support the fund’s purpose. Any excess earnings are reinvested, allowing the fund to grow. Endowments may be created for student scholarships and fellowships, faculty chairs and professorships, or many other purposes.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts include gifts of marketable securities such as stocks and bonds; estate gifts through a bequest in a will or through a trust; charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts that provide a lifetime income stream to the donor; and other gifts of real estate or tax-deferred retirement assets. For more information, please go to