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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

Moshe Martinez

Moshe Martinez

Moshe Martinez Class of 2023 Major: Computer ScienceMinor: Information Systems & Spanish Moshe Martinez is going into his final year at Western Oregon University. He is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Information Systems and Spanish. Currently, Moshe...

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Carlee Richard

Carlee Richard

Carlee Richard Class of 2022 Major: BiologyMinor: Forensic Science Carlee Richard recently graduated Western Oregon University with her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and minor in Forensic Science. During her time at WOU, Carlee worked in The Cottage with the Foundation...

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Sofie Fashana

Sofie Fashana

Sofie Fashana Class of 2024 Major: Business Sofie Fashana is in her second year at WOU studying Business. Being a child of the foster care system, she recognized the connection between what she wore and her confidence level. Confidence that she needed to make an...

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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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