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About WGU Advancement The promise of higher education, fulfilled.

WGU Advancement's mission.

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.


We advance the mission, vision, and goals of Western Governors University and its affiliates.


To create transformational, intergenerational, positive change.

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Learn even more about how WGU Advancement serves the mission, vision and purpose of WGU and its affiliates by reading how we're committed to keeping the promise of higher education fulfilled.

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WGU's mission.

WGU's mission is to change lives for the better by creating pathways to opportunity.

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See what kind of marks WGU received, how we compare, and how we are working to help bridge the gap between talent and access to opportunity by viewing WGU's 2021 Annual Report.

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WGU Advancement Board of Directors


Carol D'Amico
Consultant, Education and Workforce


Robert Frankenberg
Owner, NetVentures and Board Member, Sundance Institute


David Grow
Chief Operations Officer, Western Governors University


Annalisa S. Holcombe
President, WGU Advancement


Scott D. Pulsipher
President, Western Governors University


David Simmons
WGU Corp Board Member and President, Simmons Media Group

WGU Advancement Team

WGU Advancement has several dedicated team members across the country. View our staff directory to meet the team.

Staff Directory

WGU Advancement Bulletins

Stay up to date with WGU Advancement's most recent efforts and achievements by viewing our latest Bulletin. 

March 2022

December 2021

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December 2020

October 2020

WGU Advancement's Year in Review

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Learn about the achievements our donors helped WGU Advancement accomplish last fiscal year, from July 2020 to June 2021.

WGU Advancement news.


WGU Receives $4.9M Grant to Help Close Educational Gaps for Underserved Populations

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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. 


Open Skills Network Receives $850K Grant from Walmart

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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. 



WGU Northeast Employees Give to Support Our Students

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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.

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