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WCU, national estate-planning service offer free service to help create wills

Throughout the month of August, WCU is once again teaming up with a nationally recognized estate-planning service to help members of the university community who have put off making or updating a document to ensure that their final wishes are fulfilled.   

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Alumnus to take advantage of tax changes allowing gifts from IRAs

Dennis Fox is working with the Division of Advancement on a life-income gift that will provide a steady stream of income for the remainder of his life while also establishing an endowment that will spin off financial support for students in the College of Business.  

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WCU bucks national trends with upsurge in philanthropic giving, number of donors

Although charitable giving has decreased over the past year across the U.S., that is not the case for WCU, which has experienced healthy increases in the dollar amount of philanthropic donations and the number of donors.  

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Regional nursing outreach, student support among projects enabled by 1889 Grants

WCU’s 1889 Impact Grant Program recently wrapped up its second year of providing donor-assisted financial support to campus projects.  

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Former player’s gridiron memories, love of WCU inspires support for athletics facilities improvements

A former two-time Academic All-American football player who still gets chills thinking back to his own gridiron glory days wants to help ensure that future Catamount student-athletes have similar experiences.  

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WCU giving societies recognized for philanthropic impact at annual Planting Day event

The nearly 400 current members of WCU’s two most influential giving societies received recognition from school officials and from the students who benefit from their generosity during an annual celebration of philanthropy Friday, June 9.   

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Stanberrys continue tradition of supporting Catamount athletics with campaign leadership gift

Insurance company co-owner Kevin Stanberry and wife Lynn Stanberry will soon be sponsoring a lot more than just first downs, thanks to recent gifts and pledges totaling $400,000 for the Catamount athletics program.   

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Gifts for student scholarships result in new name for business dean’s suite

The dean’s suite of offices in the Forsyth Building has a new formal name that celebrates five generations of a family’s connections to WCU dating back to the early 1900s.  

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‘One Day for Western’ was one day to remember, with more than 1,100 donors

The inaugural all-in day of giving to benefit multiple areas of WCU proved to be one day to remember as 1,128 donors made gifts and pledges totaling $316,337, blowing past an original goal of 800 donors.  

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