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Giving Day 3-1-22 Howl from the Heart

Where your gifts go


Genevieve F. ’23 | Pre-nursing

Because of my scholarship I’ll be able to take care of others. I am forever grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness!


RJ V. ‘23 | Exercise Science

I would like my donor to know that as a local kid, WOU was one of my dream schools to play at and because of my athletic ability and the resources my donor provides I am able to live out this dream.


Lainie F. ’21 | Interdisciplinary Studies

For many years I believed that higher education would simply be unattainable for me. This was largely due to the price tag of tuition. However, thanks to your generosity, I have been able to discover new dreams and am financially able to pursue them.


Carlos M. R. ’22 | Major: Education, Minor: ESOL

I don’t think there are any words to describe how thankful I am for this scholarship. I would like you to know that I am on track to graduate in four years, and this is all because of donors like you that believe in me.

Matches & Challenges

We are Linked by Loyalty! More than 75 class years were represented from 13 decades, including every year between 1988 and 2023.

Golden Wolves Class of 1971 Scholarship Class Gift has officially been kicked-off!

Thanks for honoring Dr. Helppie’s retirement: Donors to the Kevin & MaryRuth Helppie Music Education Scholarship will be invited and thanked at his Farewell Concert on March 14 at 7pm.

You answered the call: Mary Ajideh ’86 matched the first person that gave $250 to the Fund for WOU to a WOU phone-a-thon caller. It was the first call of the day!

Finance & Planned Giving Committee Challenge was met! You helped unlock $2,050 by giving 60 gifts designated to the Fund for WOU!

Thank you WOU Parents! WOU Parents gave more than $1,000 to the Fund for WOU, WOU Parent Michele Haberlach will match $1,000!

WOUNews Instagram New Followers Challenge: WOU Foundation Executive Director Erin McDonough and Wolves Softball Coach Lonny Sargent will donate $110 to match the number of new Instagram followers on Giving Day.

Social Shares Challenge: More than 100 people shared Howl from the Heart Giving Day posts on social media and unlocked a $1,000 gift from Justin and Leslie Hoeckle, both from ’05, to the WOU Student Emergency Aid Fund. 

Softball alumni and student-athletes met the DeVolder’s Challenge: $4,000 has been unlocked! More than forty alumni & current student-athletes gave to the WOU Softball program. Thank you to Ron & Norma DeVolder for your gift of $4,000 to the program. 

Success for the LGBTQIA+ Commitment Scholarship: Thank you Alums Bec Williams ’95 and Brad Purdom ’05 for your match of $1,000.

You stepped up for the WOU Veterans Resource Center: Scott Fischer ‘66 (Army ’69-’71) and Mike Lynch ’72 (Air Force ’73-’03) will match the $2,000 raised for the Veterans Resource Center.

Smith Fine Arts Series received the $1,000 Challenge Gift! Our anonymous challenge donors are overjoyed to see our SFAS Sustainers program off and running. A huge THANK YOU to them and to EVERYONE who gave to Smith Fine Arts!


We Need You

Emeritus Society members keep on giving! An anonymous donor has agreed to match any gift by an Emeritus Society member to help grow the Emeritus Society scholarship by up to $5,000. At $3,800 and counting!

Model UN Match (give at this special site): Justin and Leslie Hoeckle ‘05 will match any gift to WOU’s Model UN up to an aggregate amount of $5,000. We are at $3,700! Help us get to $5,000 by the end of March.

Howl from the Heart!

You did it!! You gave more than $175,000, exceeding our goal and helping us reach a new milestone!

The second Tuesday in March is Western Oregon University’s most impactful annual tradition, it is WOU Giving Day. And this year on March 2, 2021 we celebrated the power of the Wolves community and what we can do when we come together. Thank you to all the alumni, friends, family, employees and students that invested in WOU’s mission!

Every gift will make a difference, whether you gave to one of the featured initiatives or to a specific program, scholarship, college or department. Thank you for howling from the heart!

Who benefits from Giving Day?  
Hear more from WOU students, watch interviews and read stories here.

Save the date for 2022 – March 1!

Thank you for supporting these
Friends & Family Crowdfunding Campaigns

Wolves Women’s Basketball

WOU Choir

WOU Men’s Rugby

Wolves Men’s Basketball

Wolves Women’s Soccer

WOU Model UN ($5,000 match)

Wolves Volleyball

Wolves Track & Field and Cross Country

Thanks for joining us on 3-2-21!

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