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Donor Relations

Students and donors add their own personal touches at an interactive paint station during the Scholars Showcase, signifying how they are making their mark on the university.

WCU ensures a comprehensive and quality program of both stewardship initiatives as well as various events to cultivate, engage and recognize all of our donors and prospective donors for their tremendous support of this great university, our students and our faculty and staff. Our Advancement staff is responsible for both sustaining and nurturing WCU's lifelong relationship with our donors while providing accurate and timely information specific to the investment, use, and impact of donor gifts.

Donor-focused stewardship is accomplished through timely and appropriate gift acknowledgement, fund reporting, donor recognition, donor appreciation activities and events, and stewardship activities. Through meaningful and consistent contacts with donors and prospective constituencies, the office aids fundraising efforts in building lifelong relationships with donors and instills in them the trust that their gifts and investments are supporting the success of the university.

As a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Western Carolina University proudly supports the Donor Bill of Rights which was adopted in 1993.

Each year the university awards named scholarships, made possible through the generosity of hundreds of individuals and organizations. Awards are made by WCU’s Financial Aid Office or academic departments in accordance with the special criteria of each scholarship. Read more.

Western Carolina University is making a difference in the lives of students and therefore, their impact on our world. The generosity of our donors and friends highlights the philanthropic spirit that drives our growth and propels our vision. To exemplify this reciprocity, WCU has four Giving Societies—two for lifetime giving and two for annual giving. WCU believes in the transformative power of building relationships, and we welcome you to join us.  Read more.

Western Carolina University hosts events annually to thank alumni and friends for their generous support of students, faculty, and programs. Read more.

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