Western Oregon University celebrates successful Giving Day

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University’s annual Giving Day, Howl from the Heart, held on March 5, saw great engagement. With 696 donors giving to nearly 60 funds, Giving Day raised $208,406 as of Friday, March 15. These funds will support scholarships, campus clubs, student organizations, academic programs, and athletics.

Gifts were received from 26 states and Washington, D.C.  on Giving Day. The top three funds to receive gifts were the Fund for WOU, Volleyball, and Men’s Soccer, with a combined total of 273 gifts. 

Western also launched its first-ever Giving Day service project at Heron Pointe Senior Living Center in Monmouth. Students spent the afternoon of Giving Day socializing and playing games with the residents. 

“This year’s Giving Day once again proved the commitment and dedication to student success from our generous donors,” says Dave Beasley, director of annual giving at the WOU  Foundation. “We are immensely grateful for each gift we received, and we are excited about the bright future such gifts will make possible at Western.”

Falling on the first Tuesday in March, Western’s annual day of giving has encouraged alumni, friends, parents, faculty, and staff to support areas of need across campus that positively impact students. Since 2016, donors have contributed more than $1.5 million on Giving Day to benefit the Western community.

Learn more about supporting Western and its students. 


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon’s oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.

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