Parents and Families
Help Support the WWU Parent's Fund and enhance student experiences

About 

The Parents Program fund was created by WWU families to provide much needed support for career services, outreach programs, and events that impact students, alumni, parents, and the greater community. Our goal is to help students with college life from beginning to end, starting with our orientation sessions and finishing with our quarterly networking events and career fairs through the career services center. We build leadership opportunities and community through events such as Fall Family Weekend and WWU Alumni Weekend. Gifts to the Parents Program ensure current student and alumni success. Your gift to the Parents Program also helps us keep in touch with WWU families through newsletters, family weekends and other events to help keep parents and families engaged and informed.

Gifts to the Parent's Fund are an investment in your student and their peers, providing resources for:

  • WWU’s Counseling Center to help students “choose to flourish” through stress management workshops and facilitated support groups for students from all backgrounds.
  • An emergency fund to help students in crisis stay in school  
  • Academic advising, tutoring and career coaching to help students choose a major that suits their talents and interests, and help them graduate on-time.
  • Career preparation activities such as job fairs, graduate school fairs, employer visits and internship connections.
  • Leadership activities to build the soft skills that are so attractive to employers.
  • Parent outreach and activities such as Fall Family Weekend to keep you involved and connected.
  • You can also choose to earmark your gift for your child’s major or favorite team, club or program on campus.

Last year 1320 Western parents donated $165,000.  Thank you!  Your gift in addition to the many other ways you have invested in your child’s education is truly transformational. 

If every family gave just $50 we’d have nearly one million dollars to dedicate to student success! State and tuition dollars do A LOT but they don’t do it all.  It’s because of WWU alumni, parents and friends that Western attracts national attention and investment, such as the US News and World Report’s Best in the West ranking, the national accreditation of our Engineering Program, the launch of Western’s first-ever clinical doctorate in Audiology, Boeing’s support of WWU’s Cyber Range lab and $1 million in funding for student success initiatives from the Washington State Legislature.

The Western Fund

The Western Fund is the University’s general unrestricted fund that the President uses as critical needs arise, and to further the overarching University mission.

Your favorite department or program

You can also choose to support the WWU college, department, program, team, club or scholarship that you or your Western student is passionate about. Please give today or call (360) 650-3027 to make a gift over the phone or ask any questions you might have!

 

 

Leaderboard
Top 5 WWU Fundraisers
These are our Top 5 Leaders for WWU. NOT based on dollars but donor count contributing to their department, program or scholarships success.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $1,000 Men's Crew 117
2 $1,000 Marketing Department 102
3 $1,000 Women's Volleyball 101
4 $1,000 Racing 87
5 $1,000 Behavioral Neuroscience 74
6 Childcare Development Center Playground Renovation 62
7 Scholarships and Diversity Initiatives 61
8 Western Washington University 53
9 Manufacturing and Supply Chain/ OPS Management 52
10 Chemistry 52
11 Woodring College of Education 52
12 Honors Program 47
13 Men's Soccer 40
14 Accounting 39
15 Cross Country & Track and Field 34
16 Great Puzzle Hunt 34
17 Compass 2 Campus 28
18 Computer Science 26
19 Women's Basketball 23
20 Sailing 23
21 Women's Ultimate Team 22
22 Volleyball Sport Club 22
23 Engineering and Design 21
24 Veteran Services 21
25 Undocumented Student Support 21
26 Marion Van Nostrand Scholarship 20
27 College of Business and Economics 20
28 Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies 19
29 Huxley College of The Environment 19
30 Geology 18
31 College of Humanities and Social Sciences 17
32 Men's Lacrosse Sport Club 17
33 Tennis 16
34 Palliative Care Institute 15
35 History 15
36 AMSEC 15
37 Liberal Studies 14
38 Ice Hockey 14
39 Health and Human Development 13
40 Political Science 13
41 Sociology 13
42 Linguistics 13
43 Wakeboarding 13
44 Food Pantry 13
45 Ethnic Student Center 13
46 IDEA Institute 12
47 Institute for Energy Studies 12
48 Mathematics 12
49 Men's Ultimate 12
50 MBA Program 12
51 IDEA ChangeMaker Fellows 12
52 Music Department 11
53 Physics/Astronomy 11
54 English 11
55 Libraries 11
56 Communication Studies 11
57 Communication Sciences and Disorders 10
58 Modern and Classical Languages 10
59 Anthropology 10
60 Young Democrats 10
61 Mac Ohana Memorial Scholarship 10
62 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 10
63 Campus Recreation 10
64 Alumni Association 9
65 College of Science and Engineering 8
66 Samson Scholarship 8
67 Biology 8
68 FACET 8
69 Journalism 8
70 Management Information Systems 8
71 Ray Wolpow Institute 8
72 Women's Soccer 8
73 NeRDS 8
74 Psychology 6
75 Water Ski 6
76 Women's Rowing 6
77 Economics 6
78 Climbing Team 6
79 Adoptees Club 6
80 Huxley Graduate Programs 6
81 Merle Prim Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion 6
82 Design Department 5
83 Environmental Studies Department 5
84 Education Abroad 5
85 Theatre & Dance Department 5
86 Quidditch Club 5
87 Student Services and Programs 4
88 Water Polo 4
89 Environmental Science Department 4
90 Native American Student Union (NASU) 4
91 Cycling 4
92 College of Fine and Performing Arts 4
93 Art & Art History 4
94 Living Snow Project: Alpine-Based Citizen Science 3
95 Write in my designation 3
96 Men's Basketball 3
97 Student Technology Center's Booster Fund 3
98 Institute for Watershed Studies 3
99 Children’s Literature and Poetry 3
100 Men's Ultimate Disc Club 3
101 AS Clubs 3
102 Black Student Union 3
103 Dead Parrots Society 3
104 Salish Sea Institute 3
105 Sebastian Mendes Memorial Scholarship 3
106 Prevention and Wellness Services 3
107 Help Support the NSTA Student Chapter 3
108 Parents and Families 3
109 Scholars Week 3
110 Western Gap 3
111 Society for Professional Journalists 3
112 Canada House Programs 3
113 Shannon Point Marine Center 2
114 Men's Golf 2
115 East Asian Studies 2
116 Diana L. Jones Endowment for Community Research 2
117 Extended Education 2
118 Western Community Outreach 2
119 OTHER 2
120 Fencing Club 2
121 Ingrid Stahlbrand Kassler Memorial Scholarship 2
122 Alpha Kappa Psi 2
123 Equestrian Club 2
124 Huxley College on the Peninsulas 2
125 Huxley's North Cascades Institute Residency Progam 2
126 Club Wrestling 2
127 KUGS Public Support 2
128 Cascadia Climbers 2
129 Viking Athletics 2
130 International Business Program 2
131 Society of Economic Geologists 2
132 Larry and Marilyn Richardson Endowment Forensics 1
133 Art Photography Scholarship 1
134 Kay French Hovde Scholarship 1
135 Mountain Environments Research Institute 1
136 Baseball Sport Club 1
137 Facing the Future 1
138 Figure Skating Team 1
139 Graduate School 1
140 Morse Challenge for Student Research Experiences 1
141 Outdoor Center 1
142 Western Gallery 1
143 Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights 1
144 Counseling Center 1
145 Bruce and Cyndie Shepard's C2C Scholarship 1
146 Management 1
147 Rock Campus Ministry 1
148 Vietnamese Student Association 1
149 Western Aces 1
150 TAG (Transgender and Non-Conforming Team) 1
151 Hillel of WWU 1
152 SEA Discovery Center 1
153 Programs, Centers and Institutes 1
154 Hillel of WWU 0
155 Canadian Studies 0
156 CBE Investment Management and Scholarship Fund 0
157 Cheer 0
158 Climbing Sport Club 0
159 Ella Higginson 0
160 Engineers Without Borders 0
161 Filipino-American Student Association (FASA) 0
162 Free Ride Ski and Snowboard 0
163 Humans vs Zombies 0
164 Huxley College Spatial Institute 0
165 Huxley College Resilience Institute 0
166 Institutions and Programs 0
167 Khmer Student Association (KhSA) 0
168 La Mesa De Espanol 0
169 Mariachi Conference at WWU 0
170 Men's Rugby 0
171 Men's Volleyball Sport Club 0
172 Men's Water Polo Sport Club 0
173 Mixed Identity Student Organization 0
174 Morse Leadership Institute 0
175 Office of Sustainability 0
176 Philosophy 0
177 Professional Women's Association 0
178 SMATE 0
179 Society of Magicians 0
180 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 0
181 Student Marketing Association 0
182 Swing Kids 0
183 Swimming Club 0
184 The Planet Magazine 0
185 Toxicology 0
186 Washington Campus Compact 0
187 WECU Give Away 0
188 Women's Golf 0
189 Women's Softball 0
190 Women in Economics and Finance 0
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