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courtesy of N.C.S.D.

N.C.S.D and the Foundation

The North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton (N.C.S.D.) was established in 1891 and serves as a day and residential school for the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.  The school is located on a beautiful and historic 160-acre campus in Morganton, North Carolina.

 The North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We work cooperatively with, but are governed independently from, N.C.S.D. The Foundation Board consists of alumni, parents of students and graduates, educators, business and community leaders, interested private citizens, and a liaison from the school administration.

All deaf and hard of hearing children have unlimited potential.

Our Vision and Belief

The Foundation Board members dare to imagine that there are no limits to what deaf and hard-of-hearing students can achieve.  Our vision is to encourage and develop financial support to help close the gap between the shrinking availability of public dollars and the increasing need for more effective ways to enrich deaf education enabling our deaf students to realize their unlimited potential.

 Our Mission

  • Enhance the educational experience of N.C.S.D. students beyond the state and federally funded program.
  • Enhance the school's ability to prepare students for the workplace.
  • Provide scholarships and necessary financial support for students who may otherwise have  difficulty attending college or other appropriate training after high school.
  • Respond to individual student emergency needs as they arise.

Enhancements take many forms.  Some examples are educational equipment and other classroom needs, special academic projects,  life-skills and educational field trips, athletic equipment, and dorm-living support. Individual student funding may be granted for college scholarships or other appropriate training needed for work placement.

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We supported two NCSD teams in the VEX robotics program. Read about them in a Morganton newspaper article.

They then went a second round in the competition.

How You Can Help

The financial support needed to implement the Foundation's plan is enormous. We need to close the gap between the shrinking availability of public dollars and the increasing need for more effective ways to enrich deaf education.

You play a vital role in helping N.C.S.D. students achieve lives commensurate with their potential.

You can join us in this mission by making:

You play a vital role.

 Outright Gifts

  • Gifts of cash
  • Securities: stocks & bonds


  • Awards, funds for excellence
  • Special endowments
  • Naming opportunities for scholarships

 Memorial Gifts

  • In memory of an individual
  • To honor an individual or event

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 Loyalty Fund Donations  

  • College scholarships
  • Facilities and technology
  • Unique academic programs and activities

 Planned Giving

  • Charitable trusts and annuities
  • Retirement plans and IRA's
  • Bequests
  • Life insurance beneficiaries
  • Real estate gifts


Outright Gifts

Cash gifts are the most popular charitable gift. You can deduct cash gifts to the Foundation up to 50% of your adjusted gross income, as long as you itemize deductions on your federal income tax form. Any deductions exceeding the 50% limit are eligible for a five-year carry-over. Stocks, many bonds, and certain other non-cash properties can make excellent gifts to the Foundation.

When securities (and other qualified properties) have increased in value and have been held for at least a year and a day, you can usually enjoy greater tax savings by giving the property itself rather than giving the equivalent amount in cash.

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Cash gifts are most popular.

Endowments keep on giving!

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Endowed giving is designed to provide a large and long-term base of constant support for the quality enhancement of the North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton.

Endowment giving is a way to set up permanent funding; therefore it is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Endowment giving is also a permanent naming opportunity and can be established to reflect the name of the donor(s) or someone they wish to honor. The endowment minimum can be set up to be payable over a period of five-years.

Gifts can be deignated for an individual, an organization, or an event.

Memorial Gifts

Your tax-deductible contribution to the N.C.S.D. Foundation may be designated in memory of an individual or to honor a special individual or event such as an anniversary or retirement.   

The Loyalty Fund allows alumni to support N.C.S.D. with annual gifts.

  Loyalty Fund

The North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton Foundation Loyalty Fund makes it possible for alumni  to support the school with their annual gifts.  Each class can support one need-based scholarship for every $500 donated by and awarded in the name of that class. In addition to scholarships, classes may choose to fund facility and classroom needs, technological innovations, and special academic projects.  Every class has the opportunity of giving to multiple projects, and their contributions will be recognized on a Loyalty Display at the school.   Giving through the Loyalty Fund makes alumni support of the school a more personal and meaningful experience.

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Scholarships enable academically able students to pursue secondary education.


The Foundation's ability to offer scholarships is important in enabling many academically able students to pursue post secondary education who would otherwise be unable to do so because of personal circumstances. Scholarships also allow hard work to be rewarded.  Endowed scholarships are naming opportunities established by a donor(s).

An agreement for endowed scholarships is established by the donor to determine the quantity, amount of the scholarships, application requirements, and renewability based on the earned income of the permanent principal invested.

Tim Shane Memorial Scholarship

This new scholarship established by his family for deaf students memorializes Tim Shane. Donations are gratefully accepted. Send your payment to the foundationm with the memo, "Tim Shane Scholarship," at our post office box.

Planned giving can be an important and financially rewarding part of your estate planning.

Planned Giving

Planned giving can be an important part of your overall estate plan. These gifts can reduce income taxes, reduce estate and gift taxes and reduce the cost of probate on your estate. If gifts are made with property that has increased in value, you may also avoid capital gains taxes on the appreciation of the property. You can also make long-term gifts by donating money or property to us and retaining the income or other benefits for as long as you live, or for the life of another beneficiary you name.

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We've completed the first building and tenants are in.

You can see more on construction on Youtube.

The Senior Deaf & Blind Community at Alder Springs

A nonprofit retirement community for deaf, deaf-blind, and blind seniors is now under construction near the heart of charming downtown Morganton, NC, home of the North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD). Featuring independent living in affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments, the fully developed Senior Deaf & Blind Community will have 63 rental units clustered around a free-standing Community Center. Advanced technologies throughout will facilitate communication and assure safety and security. A subsidiary of the NCSD at Morganton Foundation, Inc., is developer and owner.

You can check Senior Deaf & Blind Community Progress at https://aldersprings.org. Or join us on Facebook.

If you wish to donate to this project, there are two ways: through our Home page (https://aldersprings.org). Or make your check payable to N.C.S.D. at Morgsnton Foundation. Designate SDB Center and mail to our post office box in Morganton.

First of its kind!

  • First Residential community for deaf & blind seniors in NC or adjacent states
  • First nonprofit senior deaf & blind community in US
  • First residential community for deaf & blind that is adjacent to a residential school for the deaf


  • Independent living for Active Retirees aged 55 years+ and spouses
  • Sensory technologies throughout to facilitate barrier-free communication and movement, safety, and security
  • Spacious, level site with natural area for walking or relaxing
  • Free-standing 7,000 square-foot Community Center for social, health, and educational activities
  • Safe, quiet neighborhood with constant security — next door to the Department of Public Safety
  • Deaf and blind friendly area that caters to retirees
  • Easy five-ten minute walk (sidewalks and controlled street crossings) from downtown retail and services
  • Excellent local hospital - Blue Ridge Healthcare - part of the Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Accessible to the Greenway Public Transportation system
  • Unequalled public recreation facilities set amidst the beauty of Western North Carolina

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You can help Grace Ridge Community collect plastic bottle caps to help us with a bench.

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  Tax Deductions

The North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  Your contributions are fully deductible to the extent provided by law. 

 Please consult with your tax advisors regarding your specific situation.

For more information about how you can help with your tax-deductible gift or how to include the N.C.S.D. at Morganton Foundation in your estate planning contact us.

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N.C.S.D. at Morganton Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 1397

Morganton, NC 28680




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