Foundation News

Ken Johnsen standing on a construction site with the Space Needle in the background

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 …

Edward Rippe

Edward Rippe (’11) chose to attend Western the first time he set foot on campus. Nine years later, as a practicing emergency room physician in…

Paula Rippe

When Western sent a request for donations to the Student Emergency Fund, Paula Rippe answered with her characteristic warmth and enthusiasm. When…

LUCE Henry Luce Foundation

The Western Washington University Foundation has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation on behalf of the Western Gallery.…

Italy countryside road

The Pacific Northwest has always been my home. I love the rainy weather, the scenic Puget Sound, the proud mountains, and the beautiful woods. I…

Tatum Buss

This year, thanks to the Western Foundation’s Student Ambassador Scholarship, third-year student Tatum Buss was able to work as…

grayscale photo of Old Main

Dear members of the Western Family,

As you know by now, last week we announced that all classes and instruction will be offered remotely…

Mock-up exterior sketch of the new engineering building

A $10 million gift from Fred Kaiser and Grace Borsari will support “Building Washington’s Future,” a campaign to raise $20 million for a new…

Student battling with homelessness

Western students who identify as former foster youth or as unaccompanied homeless youth are getting additional support over the next three years…

Poulsbo Fish Park

Supported by a $25,000 grant that the Rose Foundation awarded WWU Foundation in December 2018, Associate Professor Jenise Bauman is making a…

Hoku Rivera

Awarded through the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, the Kohlmeier-Mikulencak…

LGBTQ+ Western

Newly launched, LGBTQ+ Western under the direction of L.K. Langley (they/them) works to support the holistic thriving of diverse LGBTQ+ students,…

A WWU student helps kids in the LEGO Club at Cordata Elementary School.

Children attending Bellingham’s most diverse and lowest-income elementary schools (Alderwood and Cordata) get to participate in free after-school…

Lauren Hoffman

Hardworking and up for a challenge, WWU alumna Lauren Hoffmann (’18) grew up wanting to become a professional musician, but a knack for science…

Sabah & Uzmah Randawa photo

The annual Bellingham Leadership Forum brings together local business leaders, community members, WWU alumni and Western faculty, staff and…