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Changing the game

When Havana McElvaine, ’17, came to the UW on a soccer scholarship, she discovered that she loved being a student — and an advocate for racial equity and social justice — just as much as she loved being an athlete. Now she’s about to embark on a donor-supported eight-month journey to explore what it means to be black in America and around the globe.

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A legacy built on language

Janet Heineck, ’70, ’72, has a way with languages. As a UW student, she studied Arabic and Turkish. As a UW employee, she learned Hebrew. In her retirement, she’s immersing herself in Japanese. And by creating an endowment in her mother’s name, Heineck is helping others in our community discover the joys of language, culture and history.

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UW Medical student Augustine Juogu on 2/29/16 at UW Medical Center (C) 2016 Karen Orders Photography

The global impact of modern medicine

Augustine Ajuogo grew up in Nigeria, where infectious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis took lives in his community. Today, thanks to scholarship support from UW School of Medicine donors, he’s working toward his dream of becoming a doctor — and his goal of bringing affordable vaccines to developing countries around the world.

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The next generation of innovators

After winning the Perkins Coie Best Innovation/Technology Idea Prize at the UW Business Plan Competition in 2017, bioengineering Ph.D. student Bob Lamm and and Ph.D. graduate David Younger, ’17, are benefiting from donor support and mentoring through CoMotion and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship to further develop their product: a faster, safer, less expensive way to test pharmaceuticals.

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The last fiscal year was a remarkable time for giving and celebrating — and for honoring our generous donors and friends. Here are just a few of the events we enjoyed together in FY 2016-17. Thank you for your boundless support!

Fall 2016


Be Boundless — For Washington, For the World campaign kickoff

Thousands of the UW’s most loyal friends, fans, alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the University’s past, present and future.

Urgent Care at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Ballard Clinic.

Gates Foundation gift to the Population Health Initiative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave $210 million to fund a facility that serves the UW’s 25-year vision to improve the health and well-being of people around the world.


22nd Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) breakfast

The UW Alumni Association’s MAP Bridging the Gap Breakfast honored students, alumni and community leaders — and raised more than $35,000 for student scholarships.


Dawg Dash funds academic scholarships

Five thousand alumni and friends participated in the annual 5K and 10K runs on the Seattle campus, raising more than $20,000 in student scholarships.


Amazon invests in new computer science and engineering building

Through a $10 million gift, Amazon helped fund the construction of the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which will make it possible for the UW to double the annual number of graduates in the field.


UW Medicine thanks early donors to the Accelerate campaign

The Celebrate, Dine, Accelerate event thanked and acknowledged the generous donors who helped UW Medicine reach the $1 billion mark prior to the campaign’s public launch.

Winter 2017


Nordstrom gift accelerates the future of protein design

Through Bruce and Jeannie Nordstrom’s support, the UW’s Institute for Protein Design will be able to hire up to 10 new researchers in this rapidly evolving field.


Zillow pledge will help the UW meet student and employer demand

Online real estate marketplace Zillow committed $5 million to the development of the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering.


Endowment establishes the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Paul G. Allen gave $40 million, and Microsoft added $10 million, to create an endowment that will propel the UW to the forefront of computer science education and innovation.

Spring 2017

Dawg Days in the Desert event

Dawg Days in the Desert

In a springtime tradition, hundreds of Dawgs from across the country came together in Palm Springs to share their love of the University and celebrate the power of giving.


2017 Senior Class Gift

This year, 3,541 graduates joined together to raise $215,901 for the UW, supporting a broad range of scholarships and programs across all three campuses.


UW Bothell Husky 5K

Eight hundred alumni and friends participated in this year’s annual 5K run and walk, raising $17,000 to support student scholarships.


Haring Center Auction

Benefiting inclusive education and the Experimental Education Unit — home to an early childhood education community for children with and without disabilities — the Haring Center Auction raised $660,000.

Summer 2017


KEXP expands impact

More than 16,000 individuals supported the station in 2016. From KEXP’s new broadcast and live production complex in Seattle Center, programming initiatives have been expanded here in Seattle and around the world.


The President’s Club reception

On a sunny July evening, the UW celebrated its most generous annual donors at The President’s Club reception in Sylvan Grove.


16th Annual Recognition Gala

Hosted in the Reading Room at Suzzallo Library, the 16th Annual Recognition Gala honored the UW’s generous supporters and shared stories of what you make possible.


Gates Volunteer Service Award

The Gates Volunteer Service Award honors individuals whose long-term contributions of time, service and philanthropy have encouraged others to support the UW as well. This year’s recipients were Ron and Wanda Crockett.


Employees give to student scholarships

UW faculty, staff and retirees donated $10 million to support endowed student scholarships and fellowships across the University, securing an additional $5 million in matching funds.


A record-breaking year

More than 150,000 donors contributed $564.4 million to the UW in 2016-17. Thank you!