Western Colorado University Foundation

For over 40 years, Western Colorado University’s Foundation has served to allocate donation funds toward student scholarships, campus-improvement initiatives and the advancement of academic offerings. Make a donation today to promote the future of Western.

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Contribute to student excellence.

Through any donation amount, you can personally contribute to the success of Western students. Contact the Western Foundation to help you plan your next gift or give online today. If you make a gift to the University Center and you are eligible to receive Colorado State tax credit. The University Center is a Colorado State Enterprise Zone Project.

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Make a Difference

Your generous support of Western through the Foundation has aided student success for decades.

Planned Gift

Make a difference for years to come.

Through a planned gift, you can pledge to contribute ongoing support to Western, beyond the confines of a traditional gift or donation. Learn how you can make a planned gift today.

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A Lifetime of Support

Your planned donations will help students excel, academic programs grow, and campus facilities improve for years to come.

Give to the University Center & Receive Colorado State Tax Credit

Transform educational experiences.

Your donation to the Western’s University Center will help enhance our existing center facilities, including several student resource offices, two food service areas, the bookstore, and multiple student and community gathering spaces.

Western’s University Center is a Colorado Enterprise Zone. All donors who make a gift of $50 or more to the University Center and who also pay Colorado State Income Tax, qualify for a 25% tax credit from the state for the amount of their cash gifts. Learn more about these opportunities below.

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A Place for Everyone

Supporting the University Center contributes to creating a positive space for student interaction and activities.

The Western Menan Foundation Scholars Program

Support future leaders.

Funded by Nancy Menan (’64), the Menan Foundation Scholarship provides four $4,000 scholarships to deserving students who are serious about their studies. Recipients are intellectually curious, driven and ambitious learners, and actively work to make the most of their education at Western.

For guidelines and information about the application process, go to the Western Colorado University Menan Foundation Scholars Program page.

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Promoting Academic Success

Funded by a generous alumna, the Menan Scholarship supports students who strive for academic success.

A Tradition of Generosity

Through the Foundation, donors like you have supported the success of Western and our students for decades. We immensely appreciate your willingness to help promote the advancement of Western and further its reputation as an excellent academic institution.

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Ways to Give

Give Online Today! The Western Foundation provides an online opportunity to give to Western directly from your credit card.

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Board of Directors

Learn about of the Foundation’s board of directors.

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Enterprise Zone

Get a Tax Credit when you give to Western’s University Center! We received exciting news that Western’s University Center was re-approved as a Colorado Enterprise Zone!

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Foundation Funds

See a comprehensive list of Western’s Foundation funds.

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Foundation Staff

See a list of all Foundation staff members and contact information.

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History of Western's Foundation

The Western Colorado University Foundation was incorporated on Aug. 22, 1975 with the generous bequest of former Colorado Governor Dan Thornton and his wife, Jessie.

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Menan Foundation Scholarship Application

The Western Colorado University Foundation, a nonprofit corporation established to provide private support to Western Colorado University, announces The Menan Foundation Scholars Program.

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Crowdfunding is an excellent tool to help you raise money for your academic department, on-campus club, or team.

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