Established in 1963, by Governor Terry Sanford, the North Carolina Governor’s School is the first and finest residential summer enrichment program for bright young minds in the entire nation. The North Carolina Governor’ School Foundation was formed in 1990 as a non-profit by a group of alumni, educators and state leaders to support and preserve the Governor’s School as one of our state’s finest educational opportunities.
For over 25 years, the Governor’s School Foundation has remained committed to empowering all those who wish to make a lasting investment in North Carolina’s young future leaders. Never has that commitment been more clear than in 2012 when, in the face of unprecedented state budget cuts, the Foundation launched a sweeping fundraising campaign to ensure that the doors of Governor’s School remained open. With the help of thousands of alumni and dozens of organizations across the state, the Foundation raised over $700,000, enough to fund both of Governor’s School’s two campus locations for the summer of 2012 with private funds.
Equally important, the Foundation then led an effort, bolstered by hundreds of letters to key legislators from alumni and friends of Governor’s School , asking key legislators to save the Governor’s School for future generations. As a result of this advocacy, in 2013, the legislature restored funding for the Governor’s School as a permanent line item in the state budget.
Today, led by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation works to ensure that the state's most promising students will always have access to the life-changing experience provided by the nation's first and finest Governor's School.