Eagles Give Newsletter: Fall 2023

Dear Friends,

Today is GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities.

As fundraisers for EWU, we are honored every day to engage with people like you who understand the value of doing acts of service for others. You know this university provides amazing value to students of all backgrounds and that, even so, earning a college degree is expensive and our students face a myriad of challenges.

Your scholarship support gives students the extra wind they need under their wings to graduate! So, THANK YOU for giving to EWU!

In this issue of Eagles Give, you will learn about different – and sometimes unique – ways that EWU supporters are unleashing the transformative power of an Eastern education.

For instance, anonymous donors lit up Roos Field with a fireworks’ display at the 100th Homecoming Football game. They believe shared celebration buoys the college experience for students and knits our alumni together as an intergenerational Eagle Nation that keeps our university – and regional community – strong.

If you have a special giving idea of your own, please reach out and let us know. Your EWU philanthropy team is here to help you make your own transformational gift.

Happy Holidays – and Go Eags!

Laura Thayer | AVP for Philanthropy | 509.359.6901

Visit to learn some of the many ways you can give – and help us reach our GivingTuesday goal of raising $100,000!

Eagle Strong: Community Makes the Difference

Giving Tuesday

We may be biased, but we think that helping students at Eastern Washington University earn a brighter future is one of the best GivingTuesday causes around.

In honor of GivingTuesday, we are asking you to make a gift to support hardworking students like Hailey Arland and Alex Moomaw – students who will go on to make an impact as professionals and community members. Our students are your neighbors, coworkers and friends.

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Eagle Impact: Gift Lights up the Tower


You heard it right! Our friendly yet somewhat predatory Eagle on Eastern’s iconic water tower recently got lit. Visible from the ground, and from passing aircraft overhead, this illuminating gift enhances Eagle spirit for students, alumni and the larger community.

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EWU Near-Peer Mentorship Gets a Boost


Students studying

Eastern Washington University recently received a $100,000 grant to send Aspire student mentors into Spokane-area high schools to help improve postsecondary enrollment rates. Bring on the Eagles!

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Longtime Eagle Gives Back

Eagle Pride center

Lance Kissler, who earned two degrees from Eastern and rose to the rank of associate vice president of University Relations as an employee, recently made a major gift to ensure that the Eagle Pride Center continues to provide a safe space for students to thrive.

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Eagle Endnotes

Eagle Store | Holiday Sale
Help Students | Make a Year-End Gift to Eastern
STCU Sponsorship | Makes Future Teacher Send-Off Possible
Nursing Program is Home | SIERR Opening Celebrates Support