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Calvert named WSU vp for advancement, foundation CEO

Lisa Calvert
Calvert

PULLMAN, Wash. – Lisa Calvert, a development and fundraising expert with more than 30 years of experience, has been named vice president for advancement at Washington State University and CEO of the WSU Foundation. She will start at WSU on Oct. 25.

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Private support for WSU tops $122 Million in FY2017

By Trevor Durham, University Development

Picciotto Gil interim vp advancement
Picciotto

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. » More …

WSU launches search for next chief advancement officer

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University today launched a national search for its next vice president of University Advancement and chief executive officer of the WSU Foundation. The position leads the university’s fundraising and advancement activities. » More …

WSU Foundation honors president emeritus Sam Smith

By Trevor Durham, WSU Foundation

sam-smith-headPULLMAN, Wash – The Washington State University Foundation honored emeritus professor of plant pathology and eighth WSU president Samuel H. Smith as recipient of the 2016 Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award at the annual Recognition Gala Sept. 30. » More …

Schweitzer family, SEL give to Floyd medical education fund

Schweitzer-111pxSPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University announced today that Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) contributed $100,000 to the Dr. Elson S. Floyd Medical Education Founders Fund to honor the memory of a valued friend and community leader. Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, founder and president of SEL, presented the gift to WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown at SEL’s world headquarters in Pullman, Wash., on Thursday afternoon. » More …

Retiree tax benefit can help WSU too

New tax legislation allows — for a limited time — a way to make gifts to the WSU Foundation and other charities using individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without negative tax consequences.

 

Similar to previous legislation called the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allows distributions up to $100,000 per year per taxpayer to qualified charities from a traditional or Roth IRA.

 

The distributions are not reportable income to the plan owner, nor does he or she receive a charitable income tax deduction. The distribution can satisfy the plan owner’s required minimum distribution.

 

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Puckett named senior VP

PULLMAN – Richard J. (Jeff) Puckett has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for the WSU Foundation, effective Sept. 15.

He will be responsible for managing, developing and enhancing the internal operations, processes, and infrastructure of the WSU Foundation to ensure outstanding service to all college and unit personnel involved in development across WSU.

 “Jeff has a breadth and scope of knowledge about fundraising, and about WSU in particular, that makes him ideally suited for this leadership role,” said Brenda Wilson-Hale, vice president for university development and chief executive officer … » More …

MONEY WATCH

New tax legislation offers – for a limited time – a way to make gifts to the WSU Foundation and other charities using individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without negative tax consequences. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows distributions up to $100,000 per year per taxpayer to a qualified charity from a traditional or Roth IRA. The distributions are not reportable income to the plan owner, nor does he or she receive a charitable income tax deduction. The distribution can satisfy the plan owner’s required minimum distribution.To take advantage of this opportunity, the plan owner must be 70½ years of age by the date of … » More …