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Philanthropy at Washington State

There’s no doubt that at WSU, the Cougar pride runs deep. For Philanthropy at Washington State (PAWS) members, it runs even deeper.

Students involved in PAWS help promote awareness of philanthropy at WSU, demonstrate the importance and tradition of private donations among the WSU family, and create a larger and more philanthropic-minded community of future donors. Their shared spirit of philanthropy is contagious—have you caught it yet?

Join the PAWS team


Contact Us:

PAWS Program Chair
Washington State University Foundation
Town Centre 201
PO Box 641925
Pullman, WA 99164‐1925
Office: 509-335-7654
Fax: 509-335-6717

Tyrell Warren-Burnett 
Director of Annual Giving
Washington State University Foundation
Town Centre 201
PO Box 641925
Pullman, WA 99164-1925
Office: 509-335-7954
Fax: 509-335-6717



PAWS participates in all Alive! sessions during summer to promote involvement and philanthropy among our newest Cougs!

Dad’s Weekend
PAWS holds a donor thank you event at the CUB, where students signed thank you cards.

Mom’s Weekend
PAWS creates fun events for our Cougs and their moms to enjoy. It will be an opportunity for the students to share the spirit of philanthropy with their moms and show her how Cougs do it!


Fill the PAW

The Fill the PAW initiative encourages Washington State University students to begin making a difference on campus from the very start of their freshmen year. Through the simple act of collecting and saving spare change and using those savings to make a gift to the WSU program of your choosing, you can become a Coug for Change.

Whether you love the grizzly bears, Cougar athletics, or want to support the college from which you intend to earn your degree, there are many ways your spare change can help impact the future. If you would like to see what funds you can support, please visit


Small gift BIG results

Every penny counts. Look at what just $5 a year can do:

4,079 freshman students x $5 each, per year = $20,395 in scholarships each year!
That totals $81,580 in support during your four at WSU!

Think of all the lattes, movie tickets, and video games you buy every month. If you were to forego just one of these purchases just once in a year, you could impact your fellow students as well as those who will follow in your footsteps.


Why is my contribution important?

The framework for helping future students meet their financial needs begins by creating a solid culture of philanthropy at WSU today.

FACT: 62,928 donors made gifts to WSU last year. Many of these donors supported scholarships to help 4,295 students just like you earn their degrees.


How can I participate?

Participating is easy! Choose one of the following ways to Fill the PAW and become a Coug for Change:

  1. Dump spare change into the PAW bank you received at Alive! (If you never received one, let us know.)
  2. When the bank is full, bring it to one of the PAWS Program Fill the PAWS events on campus and donate your gift to the WSU program or college of your choice.
  3. If you can’t make it to an event, make your gift online at

100% of your donation will directly benefit the area of your choice.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
—Helen Keller


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