The Toolsmith Endowment Fund was created during our 50th Anniversary year to build a sustainable discretionary funding base for Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill. The fund is named to honor a paradigm of computer science research developed by our department’s founder, Dr. Fred Brooks. The computer scientist as toolsmith refers to the idea that successful computer scientists create tools and solutions to address the needs and enhance the work of others. In the words of Dr. Brooks, “A toolmaker succeeds as, and only as, the users of his tool succeed with his aid. However shining the blade, however jeweled the hilt, however perfect the heft, a sword is tested only by cutting. That swordsmith is successful whose clients die of old age.”

To honor the Carolina way of computer science, the Toolsmith Endowment Fund supports undergraduate student projects, graduate student fellowships, course development, and other important and urgent departmental needs. We greatly appreciate the support of the generous donors who made this fund possible.



How to Contribute

To contribute to the Toolsmith Endowment Fund online, please visit Please select “The Toolsmith Fund in Computer Science” in the drop down menu.

To contribute by mail, please make a check out to “UNC-CH Computer Science” and indicate “Toolsmith Endowment Fund” on the memo line. Please mail your check to:

Gina Rozier
Campus Box #3175
Department of Computer Science
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3175

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. The impact of your gift to the UNC Department of Computer Science may be doubled or possibly tripled! To find out whether your company has a matching gift policy, please search the database on this page.


If you have any questions about the Toolsmith Endowment Fund or giving to the Department of Computer Science at UNC – Chapel Hill, please contact:

Michael J. Fern, PhD
Associate Chair
Department of Computer Science, UNC – CH
fern (at)
Anne Craighill Collins
Senior Associate Director of Development
The Arts & Sciences Foundation, UNC – CH
anne.collins (at)


We greatly appreciate the ongoing support our alumni community provides. Please help us ensure another 50 years of excellence by considering a contribution to the Department.

Thank you!