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Private support for WSU tops $122 Million in FY2017
October 2, 2017

By Trevor Durham, University Development

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University supporters committed $21.6 million in private support in June — a record for that month — to bring WSU’s total fundraising activity to more than $122.6 million in gifts, grants, revocable commitments and other contributions during Fiscal Year 2017.

WSU runs (behind) with the pack in giving
September 28, 2007

The percentage of WSU employees who give to the Combined Fund Drive is 8.99. That’s right in there with many of the state’s universities, but a couple contributors do stand out above the rest.

Western Washington University had an annual giving rate in 2006 of 12.42 percent of employees and University of Washington led the way with 17.13 percent.

“We have gone down just a little bit in giving in the last three years,” said John Cory, CFD coordinator for WSU.

Cory said he is not sure what has caused the decrease in giving, but has heard of a phenomenon called “donation fatigue” … » More …

Attitudes, ads, music kindle holiday buying
December 2, 2005

A bah-humbug attitude could cost you this holiday season — either out of pocket or under the tree. That’s the surprising conclusion from recent research in WSU’s College of Business and Economics.Turns out that those who love Christmas enjoy shopping more (no surprise there), but researchers were surprised to discover that while both Santas and Scrooges tend to give the same number of gifts, Santas end up getting more in return.Interestingly, says David Sprott, principal investigator on the study and the Gardner O. Hart Faculty Excellence Distinguished Professor in marketing, your attitude toward Christmas doesn’t seem to influence how much you’ll spend.“If anything, a low … » More …

Endowments increase for universities nationwide
September 2, 2005

Giving to colleges and universities increased by 3.2 percent in the 2004 fiscal year, the first increase in contributions since 2001, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education.Higher-education institutions collectively raised $24.4-billion in 2004, says the annual report, “Voluntary Support of Education.” The total is up from the $23.9-billion collected in 2002 and again in 2003, and surpasses the $24.2-billion raised in 2001.”Historically, when the economy is strong, giving goes up,” said Ann E. Kaplan, director of the survey on which the report is based. The survey collates fund-raising reports from 971 institutions.Harvard University was again at the … » More …

Faculty, staff, retirees give back to WSU
April 12, 2004

Over the course of their careers at WSU, faculty, staff and retirees give their best to the university in their offices, classrooms, laboratories and in venues as varied as committee meetings to music recitals. Many of them also give back to WSU through gifts of money to various programs.Julie Smitt, a 1977 WSU graduate and information specialist at the WSU Foundation, makes annual gifts to WSU and also has put the university in her will because she believes in the importance of higher education. “Today, you have to have a college degree to get a good job,” she said. “In terms of being able to … » More …