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Annual Fund

 

The Annual Fund is supported by Winona State alumni and friends who give each year to the WSU Foundation. These gifts are essential in allowing WSU to fulfill its mission to provide an education that is both excellent and accessible. By funding student scholarships, academics, the arts, and university programs, the Annual Fund impacts our students and faculty immediately and directly every day. Your support is our “living endowment”. To learn more, please contact Cindy Jokela, Annual Fund Director, at 800-342-5978 ext. 5087 or cjokela@winona.edu

 

 

                                                          
 

Annual Fund

 

The Annual Fund is supported by Winona State alumni and friends who give each year to the WSU Foundation. These gifts are essential in allowing WSU to fulfill its mission to provide an education that is both excellent and accessible. By funding student scholarships, academics, the arts, and university programs, the Annual Fund impacts our students and faculty immediately and directly every day. Your support is our “living endowment”. To learn more, please contact Cindy Jokela, Annual Fund Director, at 800-342-5978 ext. 5087 or cjokela@winona.edu

 

 

                                                          
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What specifically will my gift support?
Your gift helps fund student scholarships, academic and extracurricular programs and immediate institutional needs, including the following examples:
  • Merit and need-based scholarships
  • Classroom, lab and technology upgrades
  • Student and faculty research
  • Library acquisitions
  • Lecture series and cultural enrichment

Unrestricted gifts (our Sustaining Fund) support the area of greatest need on campus. The largest percentage of these gifts - over 60% - goes toward student scholarships. 
You may also direct your gift to a specific program, fund or department at the university.

Why should I give? Aren’t we a state-supported institution?
WSU is no longer state-supported, but is a state-assisted university. Twenty years ago over 60% of our budget was funded by the state; today it covers less than 30%. We rely on private philanthropy – gifts from our alumni, parents and friends – to bridge the gap between tuition and public funding and the cost of a quality WSU education. Thanks to your support, we can provide both academic excellence and accessibility. We are proud to note that for 13 years running, US News and World Report has listed WSU among America’s 100 best college buys.

My gift seems like a drop in the bucket. Will it really make a difference?
YES! Not only do gifts at all levels add up to make big things possible, but your participation makes a huge difference.The percentage of our alumni, parents and community participation really matters when we seek large contributions from major donors and public funding sources, for national university rankings, and for student recruitment. When we demonstrate that we believe in our mission, others do too.

How do I give?

  • Give easily and securely on-line: Give Online Your dollars will go to work immediately!
  • Call the Advancement Office: 800-342-5978 ext. 5087.
  • Mail your gift to: WSU Foundation        
                            
    P.O. Box 5838             
                            Winona, MN 55987-5838
  • Pick up the phone when our friendly student callers ring Phonathon You’ll also get a first-hand update on campus news and information - - from a student perspective.

What is the WSU Foundation?
The WSU Foundation exists to foster and support the advancement of Winona State University, and through its work on behalf of the institution, benefit a diverse population of individuals and groups. In order to accomplish this, the University Advancement Office works closely with the Foundation and its Board of Trustees. Members of the Board of Trustees are enthusiastic supporters of Winona in both their advocacy and philanthropy.

The Foundation's programs include:

  1. Scholarships – new student scholarships, program specific scholarships, endowed scholarships  
  2. Special project grants to meet unique needs of faculty and departments
  3. WSU institutional support for programs, technology, research and facilities
  4. Other needs as they arise  

 

 

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