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Types of Gifts

Gifts of all sizes are powerful investments in Western Carolina University’s mission. Your philanthropy creates opportunities, fosters growth and demonstrates your belief in the work we are doing here at WCU. Whether you're looking to give right now, set up a sustaining gift for yourself or your company, make an annual gift or designate your gift to a college or program, know that your support is moving the University forward.

Give Today

It's not always the size of one individual gift but the impact our entire donor and alumni community working together to make a difference in the lives of our students. Making a gift of any size supports the future of our university and you have the ability to help shape it.

Smart Giving Options

Many of our donors are opting for smarter, non-cash giving options that not only support Western Carolina University but may also offer a variety of tax benefits. We having exciting news to announce in the coming weeks to make these non-cash giving options easier for you! Learn more and give a smart gift.

Make your gift online  via your American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa – it's easy, secure and confidential.

Questions? Please email or call 828.227.7124.

Download our gift form to give by mail. Complete the form and mail with your check or credit card information to:

Western Carolina University
One University Drive 
201 H.F. Robinson Administration Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Questions? Please email or call 828.227.7124.

We'd love to speak with you and help you make your gift today, call us toll-free at 800.492.8496 to make a gift with your American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.

Questions? Please email or call 828.227.7124.

Faculty and staff may give using the Payroll Deduction Form to make a monthly contribution.
Questions? Please email or call 828.227.7124.

Sustaining Gifts

Making a lasting impact by fostering scholarships and fellowships for talented students; supporting distinguished and dedicated faculty members through professorships and help fund for research and other university programs. Sustaining gifts allow you, your company and your estate to resonate throughout the University Planned gifts offer creative, flexible strategies for your estate and charitable planning. Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, you can find a plan that lets you provide for your family and support WCU.

Estate Giving


Corporate Giving

Tribute Gifts


Annual Giving

Support annually helps us push boundaries and stay innovative by allowing Western Carolina University to access needed funds for university programs, research support, and student scholarships. Each year, thousands of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of WCU make contributions to the areas of Western Carolina University that are important to them. By investing in what you love most at WCU, you play are sustaining a great tradition of providing students with access to life-changing college experiences. 

The Fund for WCU

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Your Gift, Your Choice


Corporate Giving

We work diligently to partner with businesses and industry across the western North Carolina Region while fostering and supporting the growth of our community. One way we support each other is through philanthropic relationships, in which we work with businesses, industry organizations, private corporations and corporate foundations to align gifts to the WCU Foundation with their business goals and charitable missions. 

Philanthropic Gifts

Examples of Corporate Giving

WCU Foundation

Regional Development and Innovation


Designate Your Gift

It's your gift, you can make the choice of how to support WCU. Perhaps it's the program you graduated from or a college whos' mission you support; a scholarship to support future Catamounts or even a University event you hold dear. We all give for various reasons, whether we're honor those we hold dear, fulfilling our charitable ambitions or simply to sustain the Western community that supports our region. Together our possibilities are limitless.




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