Video: WSU celebrates historic fundraising effort

campaign-celebrationPULLMAN, Wash. — Students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors gathered Friday on Washington State University’s Pullman campus to celebrate the successful conclusion of the $1 billion Campaign for Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas.

The celebration featured displays about the campaign’s areas of emphasis, the Cougar Marching Band, live webcast anchored by WSU alumni and remarks by a variety of University dignitaries, including WSU Regent Scott Carson, chair of the campaign.

The Campaign for Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas was a $1 billion comprehensive fundraising effort, the single largest private fundraising effort in WSU’s 125 year history. The campaign increased private support and awareness for WSU’s top priorities; improved access to higher education for Washington citizens; advanced education, research, and service; and helped secure WSU’s place as a leading land-grant university.

The campaign surpassed its $1 billion goal six months ahead of schedule on its way to $1,065,091,919 in private support, which included:

  • More than $331 million from alumni
  • $195 million from students, parents, faculty, staff and non-alumni
  • $380 million from granting agencies
  • Nearly $96 million from corporations
  • $158 million from foundations and other organizations

More information about The Campaign for WSU and how Washington State University benefits from private support can be found at

Video from today’s WSU Campaign Celebration is available for download. Go to and login using “wsunews” as the login and password. Click the Download button to the right of each file to send to your local machine.

Trevor Durham, WSU Foundation, 509-335-2093,