When you give to NC IDEA, your contribution empowers entrepreneurs to reach their full potential and provides support when they need it most.

With Partners In Purpose, 100% of your generous donation will be deployed directly through grant programs that serve the entrepreneurs and support the startup ecosystem of North Carolina. Thank you for sharing in our collective vision to strengthen our communities and make North Carolina the best place to start and grow a business.


General Giving


By making an unrestricted gift of any amount, funds will be deployed through one or more of our existing grant programs; specifically programs in direct support of entrepreneurs like NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED, or variations thereof.


Contributions can be made as a one-time donation or set up as a monthly recurring gift via PayPal or credit card by selecting the GIVE NOW button below. If you have questions or prefer to make a gift via check or pledge, please email partnersinpurpose@ncidea.org. Your generous contribution directly supports entrepreneurs through the challenges of starting and growing companies.


Directed Gifts


Donations of certain dollar amounts may be directed toward supporting a specific program. These directed gift options include:


MICRO Grant Maker | $10,000

NC IDEA MICRO grants provide small amounts of funding to entrepreneurs who are testing a big, new business idea. These ideas don’t always work out, but with our funding and assistance, we make sensible attempts of validating ideas with the potential to be transformational. Your support this early in a company’s lifecycle helps us make a significant impact on their future success.

SEED Grant Sentinel | $50,000

NC IDEA SEED grants offer early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. These grants are awarded to innovative startups with a proven concept, usually some level of (early) sales, but not always yet profitable. Your support helps us directly engage entrepreneurs with the funds they need to take their startup to the next level. 

ECOSYSTEM Patron | $100,000

NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM funds organizations across the state that execute creative programs to support entrepreneurs and strengthen North Carolina as a national exemplar for entrepreneurship. We are particularly interested in supporting organizations who serve under-resourced entrepreneurs building scalable businesses; specifically, communities of color, women and our rural counties. Your support helps us amplify our efforts to expand economic opportunity and promote entrepreneurship across the state.


If you have questions or wish to direct a gift by sponsoring one of these great programs, please email partnersinpurpose@ncidea.org. Your support will fund efforts that remain a vital part of our social and economic fabric.


Other Ways of Giving


There are many ways to give and we welcome the opportunity to explore additional ways you can contribute including pledges, planned giving or gifts of stock.


No matter how you choose to establish a planned contribution with NC IDEA, your generosity will help us build a brighter tomorrow and keep North Carolina entrepreneurially strong. To discuss other ways of giving, please email partnersinpurpose@ncidea.org.


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NC IDEA Foundation [EIN 01-0702442] has the Federal Tax Exempt Status of a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization.  Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license [N.C. Solicitation License Number SL012652] are available from the N.C. State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.