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Howl from the WOU Heart

Howl from the Heart is Western Oregon University’s annual day of giving! On this day students, alumni, staff, faculty, parents, and friends are encouraged to IMPACT WOU’s campus community. Howl from the Heart raises necessary funds to provide the resources current and future students need to be successful as they pursue their education!

Thank You!

The Impact

Zack ’23 | Music Education

Yarectzy ’24 | Exercise Science

Mackenzie ’22 | Social Science

Nicki ’24 | Community Health


As an employee of WOU, you are one of the university’s greatest advocates, actively supporting our mission and creating a safe and dynamic learning space for our dedicated students. You can make an even larger impact by participating in Howl from the Heart.

This year we have a goal of increasing monthly donations through payroll deduction to $5,000 per month. Currently, we are more than halfway towards our goal and need your help!

Dr. Jay Kenton has pledged to match every dollar given by employees, towards our monthly goal up to $5,000. Enroll in payroll deduction and have your first month doubled by this match! One time gifts made by employees for Giving Day are also eligible to have their gift matched. Consider being a Leader of Our Pack and submitting your form to HR today.

To enroll in payroll deduction:

– Complete this form

– Go online to the WOU Portal

– Click on the ‘Human Resources Form Submission’ tab

– Upload your completed application

– Further impact the lives of students at WOU!

Click on the button below to make a one time gift!


We are so proud of you! Your hard work and dedication have paid off.

As you embark on your new adventure, we encourage you to make a legacy gift of $20.22 to the Fund for WOU or towards a program that you love. When you do so, scholarship donor and WOU supporter Michele Haberlach will make a 2-for-1 match gift up to $2,022! Meaning you give $20.22 and she gives $40.44!

All seniors who participate will receive an exclusive Howl from the Heart lapel pin to wear on their graduation gown.

Is there professor or mentor on campus who positively impacted you during your time at WOU? Make your gift in honor of them. This individual will receive a note that they have influenced your life.

Make your gift online HERE.  Contact fundforwou@wou.edu with any questions you may have.

Pins can be picked up at The Cottage.

Matches & Challenges

Fund for WOU Timeline:

8:00 am – 10:00 am – Wake Up Wolves!
You answered the call! The Foundation’s Finance and Planned Giving Committee pledged to match up to $1,500 of gifts made towards the Fund for WOU. This match was met.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Senior and Employee Give
Stop by the Howl from the Heart table at the WUC to drop off your gift and collect a few sweets! Thank you cards will also be out for you to write a message thanking individuals who make a gift on Giving Day.

Seniors! Make your legacy gift of $20.22 towards a program of your choosing to receive a Howl from the Heart lapel pin to wear on your graduation robe. Gifts can be made online or in person at the Howl from the Heart table at the WUC.

Employees! We have the goal of reaching $5,000/month in payroll deductions. We are over halfway there and need your support.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Alumni Challenge
The first 50 alumni to make a gift of $50 or more towards the Fund for WOU will receive a custom Howl from the Heart campfire mug.

Howl from Your Home
Friends and Alumni of Western from 40 states checked in on Givign Day!

Oregon Residents
Friends and Alumni of Western from 25 counties in Oregon checked in on Giving Day!

Emeritus Society Match – COMPLETED!
An anonymous donor has pledged to match every dollar made by Emeritus Society members towards the Emeritus Society fund up to $5,000. Make your gift on Giving Day and DOUBLE the impact!

LGBTQIA+ Commitment Scholarship Challenge- COMPLETED!
Unlock a gift of $1,000 when 30 gifts of $56 or more are made towards the LGBTQIA+ Commitment Scholarship or Triangle Alliance. In 2021, a Gallup survey shows a record increase of 5.6% of U.S. adults identified as LGBTQ+! The increase contributed to a total of 7.1% of U.S. adults identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Your gift allows for students in the LGBTQIA+ community feel understood and supported. Consider making a gift today!

Smith Fine Art Series Challenge- COMPLETED!
Help us unlock an additional $2,500 for Smith Fine Arts Series once $2,500 is raised! Generous SFAS supporters Gary ’71 and Suzi Martin have issued this exciting challenge to highlight the value that world-class performing arts bring to WOU and our wider community. Thanks to an anonymous $1,000 donor, we are already off to a great start toward unlocking these much-needed funds. Make your gift today and receive a beautifully designed SFAS window cling!

Model UN Match
In the spirit of Giving Day, Justin and Leslie Hoeckle have generously committed to match every gift made to Model UN up to $5,000. This is your chance to double the impact of your gift and to further the MUN program. Support Model UN by making your gift now!

Softball Match- COMPLETED!
This past year, a valued member of the softball program passed away- Ron DeVolder. Ron has been and always will be one of the most dedicated supporters of the Wolves Softball program. In memory of Ron on WOU’s annual day of giving, Head Coach Sargent and his partner, Erin, have pledged a matching gift of $2,000 towards the softball program. Make an impact on the softball team by making a gift today!

Employee Giving Match
Dr. Jay Kenton has pledged to match every dollar given by employees, towards our monthly goal up to $5,000. We are over halfway there and need your help!

Class of 2022 Legacy Match- COMPLETED!
Pay it forward by giving $20.22 to the Fund for WOU or the club or program of your choice. When you do so, scholarship donor and WOU supporter Michele Haberlach will make a 2-for-1 match gift up to $2,022! Meaning you give $20.22 and she gives $40.44! Leave your legacy and receive a custom, Howl from the Heart lapel pin to wear on your graduation robe.

Ways to Give

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345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth OR 97361
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