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Support NWI

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) relies on a variety of funding sources to support its operations, which are designed to educate our future leaders and enable innovative solutions to pressing nonwovens-related application challenges. If you would like to support NWI in advancing these important initiatives, you have several options available to you, which are outlined below.

Batra Shiffler Graduate Award

The Batra Shiffler Graduate Award for The Nonwovens Institute was created in memory of Dr. Donald A. Shiffler and in honor of Dr. Subhash K. Batra. As two of the “founding fathers” of The Nonwovens Institute and influential researchers, the Batra Shiffler Graduate Award for The Nonwovens Institute pays homage to two of the men who helped shape the nonwovens industry into the highly successful and innovative market it is today.

If you wish to contribute to the Batra Shiffler Graduate Award CURRENT USE FUND, please follow these instructions:

  • Click “Donate Now” below to be taken to a Giving to NC State page for Clearing Account-NCSU FDN Current Ops Restricted.  This is the correct fund to which you want to contribute.
  • Complete your relevant contact information.
  • Check the box next to the “Honor, Memory or Support Information” option.
  • In the Relationship field at the bottom, please enter the following: “Batra Shiffler Graduate Award for The Nonwovens Institute
  • You may also complete the fields regarding the individuals for whom the scholarship is in Honor, Memory, or Support of, but you are not required to do so.
  • Click on Continue, and then complete all relevant billing and payment information.
  • After clicking Next, you will be directed to a summary page for your review.
  • Click Submit to make your gift to the Batra Shiffler Graduate Award for the Nonwovens Institute.

If you are an individual or entity wishing to contribute to the ENDOWMENT FUND for the Batra Shiffler Graduate Award, please email Devan Culbreth at for assistance.

NWI’s Nonwoven Community Fund

NWI welcomes partner contributions through donations to the NONWOVENS COMMUNITY FORWARD FUND (NWCFF); it’s easy to contribute.

Funds will be used to support philanthropic activities, with an emphasis on leveraging nonwovens knowledge and innovation to solve grand challenges that benefit society and the industry, and to support activities related to the vision of NWI to be the global leader for research, education, and services for nonwovens and affiliated industries.

All funds donated will be managed by the NC State University Foundation, tax ID 56-6049503, for the benefit of the Nonwovens Community Forward Fund.

  • To donate by check, please make the check payable to NC State University Foundation with a note in the memo line “Nonwovens Community Forward Fund” or “NWCFF”.
    mail check to:
    NCSU Foundation/Advancement Services
    Campus Box 7474
    Raleigh, NC 27995-7474
  • Wire transfer, (If you need international wire instructions, please contact us at You can download our bank information for wire transactions here.

Equipment or Materials Donations

NWI does accept donations of equipment and materials as well. Please email for approval and coordination. FYI, you will need to provide a receipt with the value of the equipment or material and a letter indicating the donation is to NC State University / The Nonwovens Institute, also with the value of the equipment or material.

You can download a W9 for the NC State University Foundation here.

A charitable contribution receipt will be mailed to the donor.

If you have any questions, please contact or email Devan Culbreth at


If your company or organization is part of the nonwovens industry value chain, perhaps the best way you can support NWI, and your operation, is by getting involved in the NWI Consortium through membership. NWI membership comes with many benefits, but most notably it provides the opportunity to engage with the industry from the earliest phases of Knowledge Creation through Workforce Development, Fabrication and Testing, Product Development and Product Incubation. NWI covers the full Technology Readiness Level (TRL) range, and its members have the opportunity to participate in each step in the process from concept through development and, ultimately, commercialization.