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About the WOU Foundation

The Western Oregon University Foundation was founded in 1965 and is the fundraising-arm of Western Oregon University. A nonprofit corporation, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees with IRS 501(c)3 status, the WOU Foundation’s scholarship program includes more than 250 donor-funded scholarships. In addition, the foundation manages nearly 300 funds for academic and student programs. As of 2021, the WOU Foundation has approximately $25 million in assets and a permanent endowment of $16 million.

Our Mission: The Western Oregon University Foundation exists to strengthen relationships and provide resources in order to serve and support the mission and vision of Western Oregon University

Our Vision: Ensuring every student has the opportunity to have access to a quality educational experience that increases their ability to succeed in our ever-changing global economy and society.

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Alumni relations

The Alumni Office’s goal is to engage all alumni and create a community or “pack” of Wolves and Wolf supporters.

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Support from WOU alumni, parents and friends benefit current students in continuing to reach their educational goals.

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The WOU Foundation hosts various events throughout the year to help provide support to the university and its students.

How to support WOU students through the COVID-19 pandemic

Western Oregon University has been adapting to the changing world in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have shifted to online and remote-access classes and encouraged students to go home when possible while remaining open for students who are most vulnerable.

Future steps are unknown, but it is apparent that students have new stressors on their lives, including increasing expenses and potential decreases in earnings with the loss of work-study and hours at other jobs. The WOU Foundation is committed to supporting our students in these unprecedented times.

Are you wondering how you can help? Please consider giving to the Emergency Student Aid fund.

Emergency Student Aid offers WOU students in crisis an opportunity to receive support that may help with utilities, food, child care, transportation, medical care and other life essentials. These are funds they don’t have to worry about paying back, only paying forward when they can.

Student voices

Mnemosyne (Nemi) McKay

Mnemosyne (Nemi) McKay

Mnemosyne (Nemi) McKay Class of 2025 Major: Art and Design Western Oregon University has a strong culture that allows students to further grow themselves and to thrive in the Creative Arts. One student in particular is Mnemosyne (Nemi) McKay. Recently, Nemi was...

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Sierra Ackerman

Sierra Ackerman

Sierra Ackerman Class of 2024 Major: Criminal Justice Minor: Forensic Psychology Sierra Ackerman is in her first year at WOU after transferring in from Chemeketa Community College. At CCC, Sierra received an Associates of Science, an Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer...

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Tessa Douangaphaivong

Tessa Douangaphaivong

Tessa Douangaphaivong Class of 2025 Major: Theater Minor: Dance Tessa is going into their second year at Western majoring in Theater with a minor in Dance. Currently they are the student worker for the Smith Fine Arts Series. Between assisting with SFAS events and...

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WOU Foundation

The Cottage 345 Monmouth Ave N Monmouth, OR 97361

Phone: 503-838-8281 | Email: foundation@wou.edu

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