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Now’s your Chance to Stand Among the Abbey Founders and Continue the Mission!

A generous donor has stepped forward with a $25,000 matching gift to double the impact of your donation. Your gift to any department will be matched!
Goal: 150,000

More than 148 years ago, six faithful visionaries with philanthropic hearts founded Belmont Abbey College.

To date, their impact has been immeasurable— felt by students and parents, the faithful Catholic community, priests and monks, and untold individuals across the world who have met our alumni or received our educational Catholic resources. 

Our founders gave their time, efforts and financial resources to Belmont Abbey, faithfully believing that its mission would endure long past their own lifetimes.

This mission is to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences so that in all things God may be glorified. 

Today, you have the chance to continue this mission and invest in the Abbey’s future by making a donation to our Founders’ Day Challenge.

We invite you to honor the tradition of our Founders, build upon their mission, and support the vibrant community they sacrificed so much to create.

During the Founders’ Day Challenge, you are invited to become an Abbey Founder for the day by supporting the particular academic or student life program that matters most to you. You can help to:

  • Support Honors College speakers, events, and travel, providing students with a firm foundation in the intellectual roots of Western culture and empowering them to grapple with essential questions;
  • Create new, collaborative study spaces and complete the Special Collections area by supporting the Library;
  • Support the English Department and increase students’ access to intellectual and professional development opportunities through programs like the Conference on the Catholic Literary Imagination and the North Carolina Writers’ Network;
  • Fund student travel and leadership training and refurbish student community areas by supporting Student Life;
  • Support Abbey Motor Sport and offer students experiential learning through conferences and events like the Women with Drive Conference, the Daytona Rolex 24 Hour Race, and Indianapolis’ Performance Racing Industry Trade Show;
  • And so much more!

When you become a Belmont Abbey Founder for a day, you directly impact the program of your choice and each one of its students. In the pages below, Abbey professors have outlined their specific needs and fundraising goals.

Will you step up and help ensure that the already excellent Abbey education thrives and continues to grow,  meeting the growing needs of our students, staff, and faithful community?

Become an Abbey Founder Today! Select your favorite department below to make your gift through our secure portal. Or you can make a gift to the Belmont Abbey College mission fund at this link:

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Make History Today! Select a department below to make your gift through our secure portal.

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The Center for Student Excellence and Life Calling

The Center for Student Excellence and Life Calling helps all students achieve success. Your donation helps provide critical academic and career resources for students and alumni.


Business at the Abbey teaches merited financial success and much more. Your donation will further our mission of developing honest and virtuous students.


This Founders’ Day you can help establish a Teacher Education Resource Center where students can meet, work on projects, prepare materials, and study for licensure exams.

Performing Arts

This Founders’ Day, help to ensure that the Performing Arts Department continues to offer best-in-class opportunities for our students and dynamic arts programming for our community.

Honors College

This Founders’ Day, you can help to enhance our students’ experience of the Great Books and culture through guest lectures, conferences and cultural experiences.


This Founders’ Day you can enrich and inspire student experience through travel, speakers, and additional resources. You can also create more professional networking and conferencing opportunities for students studying English, History, and Languages.


This Founders’ Day,  you can help fund a dedicated and secure rare books space to protect the newly acquired replica of the Book of Kells, the Lindesfarne Gospels, and other ancient manuscripts.

Mathematics & Natural Sciences

This Founders’ Day you can help to replace equipment and provide specimen materials for our next generation of doctors, nurses, chemists, biologists, and physicists.

Motor Sport Management

This Founders’ Day, you can significantly expand our footprint in the racing industry. Help train the next leaders of the motorsports industry!

Social Sciences

This Founders’ Day you help provide real world experience through competitions, trips and internships to future law professionals. policymakers, and psychologists.

Student Life

This Founders’ Day, you can help Student Life enhance the spiritual and social opportunities on campus by improving community spaces and facilities.

Theology & Philosophy

This Founders’ Day you can help provide for student trips, student clubs, and expanded resources.


Support the Nursing Department and provide continuing education for registered nurse licensures, specialty certifications, and more.

Sport Management

This Founders’ Day, you can help proivde experiential learning activities to enhance student development.

If you need assistance making your donation, please email or call 704.461.6815