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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By Frances Badgett

When Karen Rockwell considered a gift to Western that would benefit students, she thought of her parents, Benita and…

by Frances Badgett

Rukhsar Sadat ’21 was born in war-torn Afghanistan. Her Shia Muslim family was persecuted by the predominantly Sunni…

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Woody Wheeler (’76) and his wife Lori Cohen

by Frances Badgett

Huxley alumnus Woody Wheeler (’76) and his wife Lori Cohen have dedicated their lives to environmental…

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by Frances Badgett

Dale Durrwachter (’62) is deeply grateful for the success he achieved in the field of education. The retired…

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Ken Johnsen leads the teams that build some of Seattle’s most visible, complex, and well known urban development projects. He’s most proud of how…

Stephanie Bowers

Following two decades as Western Washington University’s Vice President of University Advancement and President and CEO of the WWU Foundation …

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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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