There are many ways of giving to WOU, and it does not have to be a monetary gift. We appreciate and value your participation and involvement in the WOU community from attending alumni events to networking with current students.


Gift of involvement

Are you interested in being actively involved with the WOU Alumni Association? Active involvement can happen in a variety of ways and does not always require a lot of time.

alumniparticipation-fullHow can I get involved?

  • Speak to students about your career*
  • Be a Student Internship Program contact
  • Serve on an alumni committee
  • Join the Board of Directors
  • Help plan an alumni event in your area
  • Do whatever you do best

Opportunities are endless, and we are grateful for whatever time or skills you are willing to contribute. If you are interested in becoming involved in any way, please email the Alumni Relations office, and we will add you to our contact list for future events.

*Currently, the Alumni Association is seeking alumni interested in connecting with current WOU students (future alumni) to help ease the transition between student life and the post university atmosphere. If you would like to network and share information about your degree and how it led to your current occupation, please email the Alumni Association or contact us at 503-838-8710.


Making a gift

Monetary gifts are handled through the WOU Foundation. The WOU Foundation accepts gifts for any approved program, department, or activity at Western Oregon University. Contributions of $1,000 or more within a 12-month period qualify you for the President’s Club, you will be invited to be a guest at the President’s Club dinner.


Outright Gifts

  • cash
  • securities
  • real property
  • personal property

Planned Gifts

  • deferred gifts
  • bequests
  • life insurance policies
  • gift annuities
  • unitrusts
  • annuity trusts
  • lead trusts
  • revocable trusts

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees, employees’ spouses, or retired employees. Contact the personnel office in your company or call WOU’s Office of University Advancement at 503-838-8281 to find out if this program is available to you.

Gift online

Our online giving form is quick and easy. You can support Western Oregon University and its students by making a gift right now with your credit card. All information is encrypted and kept confidential. The WOU Foundation will send you a confirmation message and a separate paper receipt. Simply click make a gift online to get started.

Gift by Personal Check

When you make a charitable contribution by check, please write your check to the WOU Foundation. If you wish to restrict your contributions to a particular school, department, program, or special area, such as scholarships, library, or athletics, list the program on the memo line or in an accompanying letter. Gifts may be sent to:

The WOU Foundation

The Cottage

Western Oregon University

Monmouth, OR 97361

Or call us at 503-838-8281 to receive more information about giving to WOU.


Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Do you know a student who would benefit from a $1000 scholarship? You can assist a current or future WOU student in obtaining this scholarship in two different ways.

Refer a student:

Applicants must be referred by you, a current member of the WOU Alumni Association.

Make a Gift:

This scholarship is funded through alumni donations. Make an online gift now.

Find out more about the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship.




Emily Lafon Alumni Relations Coordinator

(503) 838-8710 | or e-mail:  | Location: The Cottage
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