Our Role

The Western Foundation receives and encourages private giving to WWU in the form of annual gifts, endowed gifts, estate gifts, and gifts in kind, all of which support student scholarships, programs, and faculty members. The Foundation stewards more than $100 million in assets.

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At Western, we believe in the power of change and our ability—individually and collectively—to bring change. We encourage our students, faculty, and alumni to Make Waves, to be bold influencers and difference-makers in the world.

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Two years ago, Boise native Elise Batten (industrial design, 2024) was looking for a college that reflected her values and would give her the…

Dear WWU Community,

Following a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Kim O’Neill will join Western Washington University as…

In the News

Jeff and Dina Frank

by Frances Badgett

Seattle attorney Jeff Frank has worked in commercial, construction, and real estate litigation for more than…

Megan and Brian Lau

Alaska native Megan Lau’s path from Western to winning the 4 Under 40 Award from the American Marketing Association this year is a fascinating one…

Zoe Evans-Agnew

By Frances Badgett

Zoe Evans-Agnew (’21), Outstanding Graduate in Honors and behavioral neuroscience major, came to Western for…

Aliki Valdes

By Frances Badgett

When Aliki Valdes transferred into Western from Whatcom Community…

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We understand the pressing nature of the technological challenges our society faces.

We are preparing people to face those challenges and to solve the most complex problems of our time.

We are building the future.

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Visit WWU’s official crowdfunding site to see how you can support current student clubs, academic departments, scholarships and more!

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