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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about #GiveCentral 2022.

Q: Is my gift tax-deductible?

A: The CWU Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law, but circumstances vary depending on each donor’s individual financial situation. You should consult with your tax attorney/advisor concerning the deductibility of your gift.

Q: Can I designate my gift for a particular purpose?

A: Yes: A donor may designate a gift to a particular campus, college/school, department, or even to a particular fund supporting an existing CWU initiative. Although discretionary gifts provide the university’s leadership with the most flexibility in responding to the needs of the institution, every gift makes a difference to CWU’s future.

Q: What is the CWU Foundation?

A: Established in 1968, the Central Washington University Foundation (CWU Foundation) is an independent but university affiliated, privately governed nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support Central Washington University. Foundation, development and alumni staff are located on the Ellensburg campus, in the historic Barge Hall.

Q: If CWU is a public university, why does it need private gifts?

A: Private gifts are an important revenue source that allows the university to attract and retain the best and brightest faculty, provide scholarships, build first-class facilities, and continue the quality education and research programs that are the hallmark of Central Washington University.

Q: How is my gift spent?

A: Each gift received by the Foundation–regardless of purpose or amount–is carefully processed to ensure that the donor’s wishes are honored and that the university receives the maximum benefit.

Q: How can I obtain additional information?

A: For more information, please contact the CWU Foundation office at (509) 963-2160 or visit

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