Programs, Centers and Institutes

Western is proud to be home to a number of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary institutes and programs. Many were founded at Western because of our advantageous location situated along the Salish Sea, between the major metropolitan areas of Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, and because of the expertise of our outstanding faculty and staff.



Below are a list of different on campus programs and institutes you can choose to support. You can support any of the following via the green Give Now button at the top of this page, some of these programs are hyperlinked below so you can read more about ways gifts will make an impact.


Canadian Studies

Compass 2 Campus

Extended Education

Facing the Future at Western

Graduate School Dean's Fund

Honors Program

IDEA Institute

Institute for Energy Studies

Mountain Environments Research Institute ​ 

Office of Sustainability

Ray Wolpow Institute

Salish Sea Institute

SEA Discovery Center

Shannon Point Marine Center

Watershed Studies

Washington Campus Compact

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



2:1 Student Match
The first $5,000 in gifts received from current students will be double matched by alumnus Dave Mann’82 and Ann Thomson Mann (up to $100 per donor) to empower students to support their favorite department, club, scholarship or program.
1: 1 Recent Grad Match
The first $5,000 in gifts received from recent grads (’15, ’16, ’17 and ’18 graduates) will be matched by alumnus Dave Mann’82 and Ann Thomson Mann (up to $100 per donor).
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.
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Give Day Challenge Pool
A percentage of EVERY gift made will be matched by one of our challenge pools (if they did not already receive matching funds from another challenge, up to $5,000 per donor). Challenge Pool dollars will be allocated as a percentage: Total Matching Pool ÷ Total Give Day Donations = Match %. Thank you to our generous Challenge Pool Donors for transforming lives and inspiring support of education: Tony George, Greg & Elizabeth Grant, Andy Kositsky & Maria Mazzei, Bryan Page, Karen & Lane Richards; Jerry & Truc Thon; the WWU Alumni Association, the Western Fund.
Celebrate WWU's 125th anniversay and be the 125th Donor!
This year WWU is celebrating our 125th anniversary! Help us reach our GOAL and you and a guest will be sitting pretty near the goal! The overall 125th donor on WWU Give Day will win 2 tickets to see the Sounders face off against DC United on June 9th.
WECU Raffle For All Donors!
Whatcom Educational Credit Union is a proud supporter of WWU Scholarships and a sponsor of WECU Court in Carver Gymnasium. To further celebrate our partnership with WWU, all give day donors will be entered into a raffle for one of three beautiful baskets filled with WWU & WECU swag and a $100 gift certificate to a downtown Bellingham restaurant
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