Part of Western Governors University
WGU Advancement is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2018 as the official fundraising arm of Western Governors University (WGU) and its affiliates.
Since its founding, WGU Advancement has dedicated itself to making high-quality, career-based education affordable and attainable for all by increasing and improving access to higher education and accelerating innovations in learning on behalf of 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.
Owner, NetVentures and Board Member, Sundance Institute
Chief Operations Officer, Western Governors University
Annalisa S. Holcombe
President, WGU Advancement
Scott D. Pulsipher
President, Western Governors University
WGU Corp Board Member and President, Simmons Media Group
Learn about the achievements our donors helped WGU Advancement accomplish last fiscal year, from July 2020 to June 2021.
The R&D for Growth & Equity grant provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is designed to help close the access and attainment gap for Black, Latinx and Indigenous learners across the country. The grant allows WGU to better understand the unique journeys that Black, Latinx, and Indigenous learners experience while enrolled at WGU.
Thanks to a generous new $850,000 grant from Walmart, the Open Skills Network (OSN) is poised for a significant expansion of its mission to accelerate the adoption of skills-based education and hiring by reducing technological and operational barriers and opening more pathways to learning and career opportunities for learners and workers.
As a way to help reduce economic hardships for our students, many colleagues donate to scholarships, like the WGU Employees Give Back Scholarship and the WGU Student Emergency Aid Fund. In fact, 74% of all charitable gifts received by WGU Advancement in 2020 came from WGU employees. Follow the link below to read inspirational stories about WGU Northeast Night Owls giving back.