You Are Central
Your support of Central Washington University and CWU students helps us deliver transformative education to current and future Wildcats. When you give back, you help put students’ needs first and help change lives every day.
Make a gift to CWU's unrestricted annual giving fund, Students First Fund, today and help support programs designed to support students’ needs such as student scholarships, academic programs, and more. Your support ensures Central Washington University continues creating education that shapes exceptional people.
CWU Giving Opportunities
Central Washington University relies on donor support to increase our exceptional curriculum, programming, mentoring, scholarship awards, and career development. We are committed to creating outstanding experiences for our students and your investment in our programs will help create opportunities at Central for our students and faculty.
Current Funding Priorities
We've sharpened our focus and extended our vision. We see an institution on the rise—a place where your investment empowers students to expand their minds, opportunities, and leave a lasting impact on the world. Below are our current funding priorities, set in place to further the mission of the university.
Student Success—Help support the success of Central students by giving to both endowed and current use scholarships.
Faculty Excellence—Invest in faculty excellence by creating funding for professional development, endowments for a chaired position.
Community Engagement—Support the ability to improve community engagement at Central in current and future endeavors. Currently, we are focusing on the funding of the Wildcat Commons project and the Freedman-Remak Student-Athlete Academic Success Center.
Funds and Scholarships
Do you want to know where else you can invest in Central Washington University? View other funding opportunities below.
Funds and Scholarships You Can Support
Students First Fund—Provides direct and immediate impact to students in the form of annual scholarships and academic program support.
Wildcat Club—Supports Wildcat athletics and the CWU student-athlete experience, including funding for scholarships, endowments, and each individual sport.
CAH Dean’s Fund for Excellence—Supports the annual needs of the college including innovative learning opportunities and scholarships.
CB Dean’s Excellence Fund—Supports the annual/immediate needs of the college including program enhancements and scholarships.
CEPS Dean’s Excellence Fund—Provides unrestricted funds for program and other support to the Dean of School of Professional Studies.
COTS Dean’s Excellence Fund—Supports the annual/immediate needs of the college including program enhancements and scholarships.
Dean of Student Success QOL—Provides out of class experiences to students to gain new knowledge while supporting learning and recognizing and celebrating student success of learning in the out of class.
Douglas Honors College—Provides funding for critical inquiry, leadership, undergraduate research, and civic engagement by providing learning experiences to its students.
Graduate Studies Dean’s Fund—Provides funds to the Dean to initiate and maintain projects that benefit students, faculty, and staff.
Library Fund for Excellence—This fund provides support for library programming, facilities improvements, resources, and training to ensure we are providing our students with the most updated approaches to information literacy.
Presidents United to Solve Hunger—Provides funding for students and other members of our campus community in need of basic resources including food, shelter, clothing, and more.
Retention Scholarships—Helps remove barriers to graduation, such as an unexpected financial loss or a gap in receiving financial aid, and enable deserving students to complete their degrees.
Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship—Provides financial aid to students attending CWU who are pursuing a career in law enforcement—with a preference given to students who are themselves dependents of law enforcement personnel.
Student Emergency Fund—Helps care for students in crisis, providing funding for things like traveling home for a funeral, purchasing medication, or tending to a family emergency.
Undergraduate Research—Provides funding to support undergraduate research.
Wildcat Commons Fund—Provides Funding for expanding recreation facilities and upgrades to Tomlinson Stadium which will benefit students, student-athletes, alumni, and community members in the coming years.
Ways to Give to Central Washington University
A gift to support CWU is a meaningful statement of your belief in our mission to launch students toward a better future. Each investment made in an intentional and personalized approach allows you to make a gift that is right for your financial situation and provides the greatest impact to our current generation of students, and those yet to come. No matter the size of your gift, or your method for giving, your financial support is deeply appreciated!
Outright Gifts—Cash and/or credit card gifts are the most popular and convenient means of support. They have the most immediate impact on the university and students. Funds can be designated as unrestricted (Business Dean’s Fund), or to the designation of your choice.
Stocks and Bonds—Stocks and bonds, or other forms of securities that have appreciated in value, offer donors significant tax advantages. Gifted securities are tax-deductible at their market value on the date of the gift and are subject to charitable gift regulations. Stock donations may be made through Edward Jones as follows: Edward Jones Depository Trust Company DTC #0057, Branch 878-00345-1-1; 208 W 9th Ave #4, Ellensburg WA 98926. Phone (509) 925-5373 or (800) 274-5373.
Bequests—A gift of cash or property made through a will or living trust leaves a lasting legacy to the designation of your choice. CWU can be named as a beneficiary of an estate, as the recipient of a stated dollar sum, or as a residual beneficiary.
Real Estate—Real estate that has appreciated in value can be of great value as a gift to CWU.
IRA Charitable Rollover—You may be looking for a way to make a big difference to help further our mission. If you are 70½ or older, you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help continue our work and benefit this year.
Retirement Assets—A gift of your retirement assets, such as a gift from your IRA, 401k, 403b, pension, or other tax deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to CWU. Your retirement assets may be transferred to CWU by completing a beneficiary designation form provided by your plan custodian.
Matching Corporate Gifts—Donate to CWU and you may double or triple your donation at no extra cost through your company’s matching gift program. Visit our CWU Foundation Matching Gift page for more information.
Life Insurance—Life insurance can provide the opportunity to make a substantial gift. A policy that is no longer required for its original purpose may be transferred to CWU. New or existing policies naming the university as beneficiary may be used as long-term planned gifts.