Be a catalyst for vibrant possibilities

Your gift to Central empowers undergraduates to lead, encourages inquisitive minds to re-imagine their world, and offers a personalized learning experience to learners of all walks of life. This Spring, we are sharing the accomplishments of alumni and current students that have benefited from generosity like yours.

We are proud of our students and alumni for reaching such great heights. Thank you for supporting them. We invite you to click the links below to learn more about these students and alumni and how your giving makes a world of difference.

You can be a part of the future of the Central's students.

Learn more about our CWU Giving Societies.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to give, including smart giving options to benefit you and CWU toward the end of the calendar year, such as:

  • IRA charitable rollover
  • Outright gifts of appreciated assets, such as securities or real estate
  • Donor Advised Fund (DAF)
  • Zero-Tax gift and sale
  • Stock gifts
  • Life insurance gifts
  • Charitable life income plans
  • Charitable life estates

To give today or for information on ways to give, click the give button on the top of the page or visit planned giving.

How to Give

The CWU Foundation accepts gifts online, via phone, or by mail. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Make a fast, secure, online donation with a credit card, please click the give button on this page.

Foundation staff are happy to assist with credit card, check or money order donations. To contact the CWU Foundation, please call (509) 963-2160.

To send your gift by mail, make a check payable to Central Washington University Foundation and send to:

Central Washington University Foundation
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7508

Payroll Deduction
Payroll deduction gifts are an easy way for faculty and staff to give to CWU. To learn more about payroll deductions and how to enroll, log in to your myCWU account. You can find payroll deduction instructions here. (PDF)

Types of Gifts

Current use gifts—gifts of any size that are used now to support the programs of your choice.

Endowment gifts—an endowed fund can be created with a minimum gift/pledge of $25,000. An endowed fund ensures that funds support university programs in perpetuity and are vital to final long-term funding stability for CWU. An annual spending rate is determined by the CWU Foundation board.

Planned gifts—Bequests or other deferred gifts can be used now or create a lasting legacy by establishing an endowed fund.

Gift Fees

As is customary with universities and other non-profit organizations, as of July 1, 2023, a gift assessment is applied to gifts upon receipt. This fee provides essential support to the university's advancement efforts and institutional priorities, while ensuring gifts are recorded and managed accurately.

The assessment is 5 percent on contributions up to $999,999. For gifts of $1,000,000 or more, the gift fee rate will be 3%.

When you donate, you may specify a portion of the gift monies to pay all the gift fee. For example, a gift in the amount of $26,125 would pay the gift fee of $1,250 which allows $25,000 for a specified fund.

The gift fee does not affect the taxability of the gift. Consult your tax advisor or attorney for tax questions.


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