The R. Stanhope Pullen Society

The Pullen Society celebrates the philanthropy that has been an integral part of the university since its inception in 1887. R. Stanhope Pullen, a well-known Raleigh philanthropist and businessman, donated the original 62 acres that served as the site for the new land-grant college to be known as the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. From that first act of benevolence, North Carolina State University has grown into a university renowned for outstanding educational programs, innovations in science and technology and proud service to all 100 counties of North Carolina and beyond. The Pullen Society pays tribute to R. Stanhope Pullen while honoring the many alumni and friends of NC State who share his vision and commitment to a great university.

Established in 1993, the R. Stanhope Pullen Society was created to recognize and to thank the individuals who have invested in NC State's future through a planned gift. Pullen Society members are vital partners whose generosity sustains a legacy of giving that directly impacts NC State's success as a leading research-intensive, land-grant university.

Pullen Society Membership

Pullen Society membership is offered to individuals who make a deferred gift commitment in support of NC State or any of the university-related foundations. There is no minimum gift amount; however, documentation of the gift is needed before membership is offered.

Pullen members have various opportunities to become more fully engaged with the university and fellow members. Through their irrevocable planned gifts of $75,000 or more, individuals are eligible for membership in the university's prestigious Lifetime Giving Societies that recognize lifetime cumulative gifts.

There are numerous ways to make a deferred gift:

  • Bequest through a will or trust
  • A life income gift such as a charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity
  • Providing for NC State through a charitable lead trust, private foundation, donor advised fund, or supporting organization
  • Remainder interest in a residence or farm
  • Naming NC State as a beneficiary of an IRA or other retirement plan
  • Assignment of a life insurance policy
Planning Your Legacy

Please consider joining with other alumni and friends of NC State by providing for the university through a future gift. You may designate your gift to assist students, faculty, research, programs, athletics, or any other area of your choosing. Our Gift Planning staff can outline the many benefits of deferred gifts, and demonstrate how you can have a lasting impact on NC State while meeting your own financial planning goals. Like R. Stanhope Pullen, you can create a legacy that will help to secure a promising future for NC State.

For more information, please contact the Office of Gift Planning by phone 919.515.5106 or email