FAQ

What is The Western Washington University Foundation's Tax Identification #?

91-6073519

What is an endowment fund and how do I create one at Western?

Endowments provide permanent, sustainable funding for scholarships and programs at WWU. Annual awards are distributed out of this account in perpetuity via an allocation from the interest earnings each year. The typical allocation from an endowment is 4% at WWU. Interest earned above this amount is reinvested into the endowed scholarship fund to help it grow, minus a 1.5% gift assessment and a .30% investment management fee to help with administration of the fund. A minimum of $25,000 is required at Western Washington University to establish an endowed scholarship, which would provide a $1,000 award and grow over time. The larger the endowment, the larger the annual award. If the initial intent is to establish an endowment, gifts can be made over five years after the establishment of the account to allow donations to total $25,000 or more. If you would like to learn more about establishing an endowment at Western, please contact Amber Asbjornsen, Senior Director of Development at Western. Amber can be reached by email at Amber.Asbjornsen@wwu.edu and by phone at (360) 650-3616.

How can I establish a scholarship at Western?

Thank you for considering establishing a scholarship! Please contact Mitch Diaz, Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving to learn more about establishing a scholarship at Western. Mitch can be reached by email at Mitch.Diaz@wwu.edu and by phone at (360) 650-2445.

What is the President's Society and how can I join?

The President’s Society recognizes donors who make annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more each year, or gifts totaling $750 or more for donors who are 39 years of age or less. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the President’s Society, please contact Mitch Diaz, Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving at Mitch.Diaz@wwu.edu or at (360) 650-2445.

What is the Old Main Society and how do I join?

The Old Main Society recognizes donors for their future gifts to Western through their estate plans or other planned giving options. Recognition as an Old Main Society member begins as soon as donors sign documentation naming Western as a beneficiary. Gifts to the university may come through a bequest, trust, annuity, or life insurance program. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the Old Main Society, please contact Matt Hammatt, Director of Planned Giving at Matt.Hammatt@wwu.edu or at (360) 650-2443

What is the 1893 Society and how do I join?

The 1893 Society recognizes donors who have given $25,000 or more over their lifetime. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the 1893 Society, please contact Mark.Bagley@wwu.edu.

Can I tell you what area I want my gift to support?

Yes. Using Western’s secure online giving page, you can specify which fund you’d like to support with your gift.

To choose which fund you’d like to support, please visit wwu.edu/give and select the “Search for a Support Area” button near the top of the page. You can then select your support area from the list of displayed funds.

If you have additional questions about making your gift to Western, please contact us by email at giving@wwu.edu or by phone at (360) 650-3027.

What if the area I want my gift to support isn’t listed anywhere?

If you are making your gift using Western’s secure online giving page and the area you’d like to support isn’t listed among the options displayed, please select the “My support area isn’t listed” checkbox under the list of fund options. A new text box will appear where you can describe the area you’d like to support with your gift.

If you have additional questions about making your gift to Western, please contact us by email at giving@wwu.edu or by phone at (360) 650-3027.

How do I include a gift to Western in my will or estate plans?

Thank you for choosing to include Western in your estate plans! Please contact Matt Hammatt, Director of Planned Giving to learn more about making a gift to Western through your will/estate plans. Matt can be reached by email at Matt.Hammatt@wwu.edu and by phone at (360) 650-2443.

As a Western employee, how do I make a gift through payroll?

As a Western employee, you can make your gift directly through payroll. A specified amount will be deducted from your paycheck each pay period (minimum of $5) and directed to the area you’d like to support with your payroll deduction gift. To begin, change, or update your payroll deduction gift, please use this e-sign form.

To cancel your existing payroll deduction gift, please use this e-sign form.

If you have additional questions about making a gift to Western through payroll, please contact us by email at giving@wwu.edu or by phone at (360) 650-3027.

How do I make a gift to Western?

There are many ways to make a gift to Western. The most popular way to make a gift is through Western’s secure online giving page, which can be found at this link: wwu.edu/give.

If you would like to see a full list of ways you can make a gift to Western, please visit this link: foundation.wwu.edu/how-make-gift

How do I set up a recurring or monthly gift to Western?

The easiest way to set up a recurring or monthly gift to Western is by using Western’s secure online giving page. To make a recurring or monthly gift to Western, please visit wwu.edu/give and choose the “Monthly Gift” option near the top of the page.

If you have additional questions about setting up a recurring or monthly gift to Western, please contact us by email at giving@wwu.edu or by phone at (360) 650-3027.

What is VikingFunder?

VikingFunder is Western’s crowd funding platform where anyone in the Viking Community can approach us with a campaign idea and we can try to come together to make a difference for our students. Check it out today at www.vikingfunder.com

I represent a foundation or corporation. Whom should I contact about making a gift?

Please contact Manca Valum, Senior Director for WWU Foundation Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) at Manca.Valum@wwu.edu or 360-650-6542. WWU CFR can help identify partnership opportunities across the campus and facilitate introductions with key faculty and campus leadership. CFR staff can assist with coordination of all corporate and foundation gifts and grants to WWU.

Why is my gift needed?

Although Western is a public institution and receives state funding for academic programs, it is only a fraction of what is really needed to run the university. Your gift to your favorite college, department, scholarship, or other program will allow Western to weather uncertain financial times.

Will my gift make a difference?

Absolutely. It is easy to think that a small donation goes unnoticed, but your gift, no matter the amount, is crucial to ensuring student success at Western. It often only takes a little help to make up the difference for a student to stay in school or cover a new piece of equipment that will revolutionize a student's research. Your gift alone can make a difference, and combined with others like yours, can make waves.

What is the Western Washington University Foundation?

The Western Washington University Foundation was formed in 1966 with the sole mission of raising money for the advancement of Western  students. The Western Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 91-6073519).

Will I receive a tax receipt after I make my gift?

Yes. Typically, this will be in the form of an email that comes immediately after you complete your donation. Please let us know at giving@wwu.edu if you need record of any gift you made to WWU.

Can I make my gift anonymously?

Absolutely. You can request to have your name be anonymous when you make a gift to Western. If you are making your gift using Western’s secure online giving form, you can indicate this preference at the bottom of the form by selecting the “Please do not publish my name on donor lists” checkbox. If you are mailing in a gift, just include a note somewhere that you would like to be kept anonymous and we will do so.

How do I make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?

The easiest way is to use our secure online giving page at wwu.edu/give and checking the box, “This is an honorary or memorial gift”. You can also specify that a gift is in memorial or honorary on VikingFunder during the checkout process. If you are mailing your gift to Western, you can include a note mentioning who the gift is in honor or in memory of.

How do I know if my employer will match my gift?

You can find out if your employer will match your gift by using Western’s integrated matching gift lookup. This is located within Western’s secure online giving page at wwu.edu/give. To access the lookup tool, select the “My employer will match my gift” checkbox and follow the stated prompts.

If you have additional questions about whether your employer will match your gift to Western, please contact us by email at giving@wwu.edu or by phone at (360) 650-3027.

How do I let you know about changes to my name, address, or contact information?

If you attended Western as a student, you can login to your web4u account created when you enrolled from https://mywestern.wwu.edu/. Once logged in, click personal information and then select what you would like to update.

If you did not attend Western as a student, you can email us at giving@wwu.edu to update your information or call us at (360) 650-3027. Also, if you are called by one of our engagement center students that is a good time to make sure all your info is up to date!

Does 100% of my gift go to the fund I designated?

All annual, expendable gifts go directly to your designated fund. There are some nominal fees applied to planned gifts and gifts establishing an endowment.

What is the WWU Alumni Association?

The WWU Alumni Association is a community of Western supporters who aim to pay forward the opportunities that they were provided when they were students. They support the local community and current students through scholarships, networking, events, and more.

What benefits do WWU Alumni Association members receive and who can join?

WWU Alumni Association members receive both local and nationwide benefits. Once a member,  you will receive a login to our benefit access page offering hundreds of discounts. You don’t have to have attended Western to join, anybody is welcome to join the WWU Alumni Association! Memberships make a difference in the lives of our students by supporting alumni scholarships each year. You can join today and get special benefits by visiting https://alumni.wwu.edu/join.

What if I have a question that isn’t listed here?

Please feel free to reach out to us with your question by emailing giving@wwu.edu or by phone at (360) 650-3027, thank you!