Supporting the Arts

Make A Gift To Western Oregon University

The WOU Foundation accepts gifts for any approved program or activity at Western Oregon University. To make a gift, please visit the WOU Foundation Cashier.


Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the reoccuring, unrestricted financial support given each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) and is the cornerstone of all fundraising programs at WOU.


Support from WOU alumni, parents and friends benefit current students in continuing to reach their educational goals. It is a benchmark of the involvement of our alumni with their alma mater for funding decisions made by foundations and corporations.

The Annual Fund remains Western Oregon University Foundation’s first giving priority, helping to cover the difference between tuition and the actual cost of a WOU education. Hundreds of faculty, staff, alumni, family members, friends, and trustees contribute to the Annual Fund every year, directly impacting the school’s operating budget. Your participation encourages others to give, helps the school get foundation grants, and sends a message to the community that Western Oregon University does make a difference. Gifts to the Annual Fund help provide scholarships, necessary classroom and curriculum enhancements, professional development opportunities for students and faculty, and upgrades in technology and associated equipment.


Sustainer Group Annual Donation Monthly Donation
President’s Circle $2,500 and greater $209 or more
President’s Club $1,000-$2,499 $84-$208
Ira Butler Society $500-$999 $42-$83
1856 Society $250-$499 $21-$41
Crimson Society $100-$249 $9-$20
Friends of WOU $1-$99 $5-$8


Outright Gifts

The most common gifts received by the WOU Foundation are outright gifts. Most frequently these gifts are cash, but the foundation also welcomes gifts of securities, real property, and personal property.


Planned gifts

Planned gifts including deferred gifts, are arranged during the donor’s lifetime, but the principal does not accrue to benefit WOU until later, usually after the donor or named beneficiaries are deceased. Bequests are the most common deferred gifts; others include life insurance policies and life income agreements (gift annuities, unitrusts, annuity trusts, lead trusts, and revocable trusts).


Matching Gifts

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


To make a gift please visit the WOU Foundation Cashier.


The Western Oregon University Development Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. It operates on the WOU campus and with university support under the auspices of a 1990 agreement between the foundation, the university, and the Oregon University System. It is managed by a 24-member board of directors composed of members-at-large and representatives from ancillary fund-raising and campus groups

Contact Department of Theatre/Dance
503-838-8310    l    email:    l   Rice Auditorium (RA 101B)  Box Office Phone: 503-838-8462