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.
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the public and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
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.