Ways To Give

There are many ways to give to Western Washington University.  From one-time checks to recurring gifts to memorial and estate gifts, you’ll be able to find the way that suits you best by reading the options below.

OnlineOne-time or recurring gifts can be made online at www.wwu.edu/give

By Phone Please call (360) 650-3027

By Check Please make checks payable to the WWU Foundation and write the area you wish your gift to support in the memo line of your check.

Mail checks to:
WWU Foundation
516 High Street, OM 430
Bellingham, WA 98225-9034


Electronic Fund Transfer Each month, pledge payments are automatically transferred from your bank account to the Western Washington University Foundation. A simple authorization form is required to begin the program.

Print an EFT authorization form (PDF).


Payroll Deduction Western Washington University employees may elect to have their gift deducted from each paycheck. Minimum deduction amount per pay period is $5.  Employees can use the payroll deduction form below to update, replace, or start a new payroll deduction pledge.

Online payroll deduction form

Employees can use the form below to cancel an existing payroll deduction pledge.

Online payroll deduction cancellation form

Property Gifts Many donors contribute their personal residences, land, commercial or other property to the Foundation. Certain personal property, including works of art, books, furnishings and other non-cash items are accepted and encouraged. In most cases, these gifts are recorded at their "fair market value." Property gifts of $5,000 or more must have an outside appraisal.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts A gift of any amount to honor or memorialize a friend, student, teacher or relative is an appropriate way to recognize someone's life and accomplishments. Many memorial funds are established as permanent endowments, carrying the name(s) of those honored.

Life Insurance Gifts of life insurance can become a gift of much greater value than the actual money expended when the policy is give to the University through the Foundation, which is named as the policy owner and beneficiary. The donor either can pay up the entire policy or make annual contributions to the Foundation for the cost of the premiums.

Life Income Gifts An increasingly popular method of giving is the charitable remainder trust, of which there are two varieties - the charitable remainder unitrust and the charitable remainder annuity trust. Both can be funded through a gift during a donor's lifetime or through a testamentary disposition (will or bequest). Both provide life income for the donor(s) and/or a designated beneficiary(ies).

Securities Certificates of deposit and other appreciated assets (PDF)

Wills and Bequests (PDF)