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WGU Advancement

We Are Meeting the Moment

WGU Advancement is dedicated to making a WGU education affordable and attainable by increasing access to higher education and accelerating innovations in learning on behalf of our students. WGU Advancement partners with foundations, corporations, associations, employees, students, and alumni to support scholarships, explore new learning models, and implement new technologies that reinvigorate the promise of higher education.

Help Us Make a Difference

Find out how you can work with WGU to make the dream of education attainable for everyone.

Impact: The Power of Philanthropy

Philanthropy at WGU directly fuels student success. In 2022, more than 3,400 students, alumni, employees, corporations, foundations, and friends invested in access to opportunity and innovation. 

Take a look through the stories of impact in our 2022 Impact Report.

Access to Opportunity

Talent is everywhere, but access to opportunity is not. Higher education is the best way to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity, and WGU Advancement is committed to expanding access to better support learners.

There are many ways to create opportunities through WGU. You can donate to scholarships, the Student Emergency Aid Fund, broadband access, and the development of other projects at WGU that identify and knock down barriers to higher education. With the support of these initiatives, more students can enroll in college, earn their degrees, and achieve their dreams.

Learn more about our funding opportunities.

Accelerating Innovation

Traditional higher education wasn't built for the realities facing many of today's students. At WGU, we innovate with students in mind, giving them the flexibility and freedom they need to succeed.

Donors who support innovation at WGU join us by investing in the future of education. Since WGU Advancement's launch, we have been privileged to work with some of the nation's leading philanthropic foundations and corporations committed to investing in the future of higher education.

Learn more about our funding opportunities.

Make a Gift

Your gift, combined with the generosity of thousands of others, IMPACTS the lives of our students in immeasurable ways. Your gift helps a student get started on their educational journey or cross the finish line. Your support goes directly to student scholarship funds that help current Night Owls achieve their dreams.  

Click here to make your donation. We thank you in advance for your generosity! And, our students thank you! 

WGU Is Changing Higher Education and
WGU Advancement Makes It Possible

Since its founding, WGU has attracted the attention and support of generous contributors who recognize the need to reinvent higher education and who share our vision of affordable, accessible higher education for all. If you're passionate about giving people an opportunity to advance their careers and achieve their dreams, we invite you to join us by making a gift to support our work. Your gift—whatever the amount—will change the lives of students and their families.

—Annalisa Holcombe
President, WGU Advancement

Advancement by the Numbers

WGU Advancement had a banner year in 2022—particularly when it came to enabling us to support our students through a global pandemic. 

3,410 donors contributed gifts totaling $31,527,850 in 2022. 

Of all gifts received, 58% were from alumni, 18% were from students, 21% were from staff and faculty, 3% were from WGU board members, friends, foundations, and corporations. 

In 2022, our donors helped raise $13 million for donor-funded scholarships to support more than 450 students.