Giving is at an all-time high

[ February 2016 | Vol. 2 | Issue 2 ]  You and your fellow donors stepped up in remarkable ways during 2015. Giving to the EWU Foundation is at an all-time high! This year, EWU Foundation wrote its annual check to the university for $1.5 million more than last year’s record! This remarkable support of students and our university all comes from you, and donors like you. Thank you! Our offices are abuzz with the momentum behind Inspire Awesome: The Scholarship Campaign for Eastern Students. In a few short months, EWU employees matched President Cullinan’s $50,000 challenge plus an additional challenge from EWU Foundation board members for $25,000, generating $150,000 in new scholarship funds for our students! In December, Numerica Credit Union gave the largest single gift of this campaign to establish the Numerica Scholars Endowed Scholarship. Flanked by EWU Foundation and … [Read more...]

EWU poised for national leadership

[ October 2015 | Vol. 2 | Issue 1 ]  President Mary Cullinan presented her State of the University Address Sept. 22, sharing her belief that EWU is poised to be a national leader among regional comprehensive universities.  I believe from first-hand experience working with donors like you, that so much of that potential is due to your loyal and generous support. Thank you for including Eastern in your philanthropic vision! We are thrilled that in its 2015 session, the Washington state legislature reduced tuition for Washington college students, but the cost of a higher education today still puts a university degree out of reach for so many. We need your help as a member of the loyal community of EWU donors, to ensure that your university can continue to make a college degree achievable for every student that wants to transform their life through higher education. Indeed, many … [Read more...]

Eastern’s New College of Health Science and Public Health Poised to Improve Regional Health Care

[ June 2015 | Vol. 1 | Issue 3 ]  Retired professor and EWU Foundation endowment donor Dorv Breitenfeldt recently stopped by EWU Foundation offices and shared his excitement about the new College of Health Science and Public Health. “The new college can create a more cohesive learning environment for health sciences students,” observed Breitenfeldt, “building the cross-disciplinary fluency that today’s health care practices need. Professors will find many more ways to collaborate and evolve the value of EWU health sciences degrees.” Retired for 20 years, he is delighted to witness this kind of progress and change. Eastern is on the move, running with exciting new opportunities like the new college of Health Science and Public Health located at EWU’s Riverpoint Campus. Such opportunities are made possible by a strong foundation built on decades of visionary educators like … [Read more...]

$4,081,000! Mike Ekins, vice chair, EWU Foundation presents President Mary Cullinan with the largest annual contribution to the university—ever!

[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]  In her October State of the University Address, President Mary Cullinan pinpointed decisive next steps for EWU: increase private funding of scholarships, cultivate tangible support for non-traditional students and power profound contributions to the vitality of our region by taking on global challenges like sustainably living on planet earth. Such initiatives continue to propel EWU onto the national stage as a leader for successfully graduating a diverse student body prepared to power our regional economy and contribute to a sustainable future for all. Helping donors create the kind of world you want to live in is why I come to work every day!  The stories in this issue of bigImpacts demonstrate how your gifts shape individual futures and make better communities, and why EWU needs you more than ever! With gratitude for your support I send my … [Read more...]

EWU counts on the financial support of donors like you. Thank you!

[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]  Big Impacts is your new EWU Foundation quarterly newsletter that charts how the Foundation tracks and distributes your gifts, shares stories of how your generosity impacts student success, and links you to university news and event calendars. Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, Eastern Washington University’s 25th president retired July 31. During his eight-year term Dr. Arévalo successfully championed Eastern and higher education needs in Olympia, fought to keep Washington college education affordable and led development of innovative programs that ensure EWU students successfully graduate. His efforts have made important strides for student success: • Eastern’s tuition is the lowest among Washington four-year universities • EWU graduation rates are up • September 2013 marked record 12,791 EWU enrollment Thank you for your leadership Dr. Arévalo! … [Read more...]

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