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Central Washington University (CWU) has identified the following fundraising priorities designed to maximize student impact and strengthen higher education at CWU.

1. Annual Fund.  Donors contributing to Central Washington University’s Annual Fund help deserving students across a broad spectrum in meaningful ways.

Students First Fund provides direct and immediate impact to students in the form of annual scholarships and academic program support.

Pillars Fund builds and strengthens the general endowment of the CWU Foundation, providing long-term scholarship and program support.

2.  Endowment.  A sound endowment is the financial bedrock upon which CWU pursues its mission. The ability to sustain operations and make targeted investments in the future hinges on the size and strength of the endowment.

In addition to providing a permanent stream of income for the university, endowment funds are a meaningful way to honor or memorialize family members, friends, or mentors. Donors can establish endowed funds through an outright gift or through a life income gift or bequest that converts to an endowed fund upon maturity.

  • Entry endowments start at $25,000 minimum, payable over five years to apply toward scholarships and/or program support.

3.  Other Projects.  The university also raises funds for special initiatives and capital projects. Starting academic year 2019/2020, the following projects are examples of those ready to receive your support:

  • Access and Opportunity–Supporting the annual fund or student scholarships ensures access for those who will relish the opportunity and pay it back in our communities and the world.
  • Unique Student Experiences–Support for programs that give students the opportunity to learn and compete with the best in the world, including national and international competitions for areas from math, to science, to music.
  • Institute of Distinction–Support for CWU means rankings like 'best in the West' for return on investment. Capital opportunities–such as a Health Sciences Building, to house Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences, and Public Health programs–help make CWU an institute of distinction.

4. Combined Fund Drive For CWU Employees. Donations are disbursed to the charities on a quarterly basis. Interest earned at the State Treasury is added to the charity disbursements. For more information, visit the CFD website.

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