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IDEA Institute

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
40 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on June 18, at 04:00 PM PDT
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IDEA Institute

Give Big, Give Blue

On June 1st, WWU's 2nd Annual Western Give Day, a portion of EVERY gift made will be matched! Take advantage of the fantastic opportunity and give to the IDEA institute on June 1st!

The ripple effect of IDEA’s broadening in impact, passing from community to community, and affirming what we have been thinking: we can do even more! It's time to grow so we can support even more change makers and change leaders throughout our communities.

Through the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor at Western Washington University, IDEA has taught over 170 students, launched ventures aimed to solve problems across society and built a community that students commonly refer to as family. IDEA expands these goals through four new strategic areas: IDEA Lab, Student Fellows Program, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Inclusivity Research, and GLocal. To continue to meet our mission and build entrepreneurship and innovation, we need your financial contributions to support more core talent, supplement professional development and enhance IDEA community outreach.

IDEA strives to create dynamic culture with the norm to see and understand opportunities and challenges, where individuals connect to enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled community around the world, and where we are able to access and bring resources to grasp opportunities that meet challenges in innovative and scalable ways.  Imagine the way these changemakers and change leaders could impact the world we live in tomorrow! From economic development and critical thinking to equity and inclusion. If you are inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation we need your support of this program. People who are passionate about developing tomorrow’s problem-solvers can invest in the core of IDEA, knowing that our work has a cascading effect in the world. 


Choose a giving level


Students matched with $30

The first 166 students who donate on June 1st will receive a $30 match for their donation. If you are a student, this means your $5 becomes $35. Official Info: WWU Give Day Student Challenge By Dave (’82) and Ann Mann WWU Alumnus and Foundation Board Member Dave Mann and his wife Ann Thomson Mann have issued a challenge of up to $5,000 to encourage participation by current WWU students. For every gift given by a current student to their favorite department, club, team or scholarship at WWU, Dave and Ann will match that gift with $30! We need 166 students (or 1% of 15,000 students) to meet this challenge! After that challenge is met, a percentage of all remaining gifts will be matched by the WWU Give Day Challenge Fund.


Recent Grads Donations Matched

Recent grad gifts will be match 1:1 up to the first $5,000. Your donation will multiply immediately. Select the amount that works for you! Official Details: WWU Give Day Recent Grad Challenge By Dave (’82) and Ann Mann Gifts made by ’14, ’15, ’16 and ’17 graduates will be doubled through the Recent Grad Challenge Match. Dave and Ann will provide a 1:1 match of the first $5,000 in gifts (up to $1,000 per donor) to encourage recent graduates to participate in WWU Give Day! After that challenge is met, a percentage of all remaining gifts from recent grads will be matched by the WWU Give Day Challenge Fund.


Choose Your Impact

A portion of your donation on June 1st will be matched. Please select an amount that works for you knowing that you money goes to support students, community and ecosystem development of dreamers, designers and doers.


Ideas to Impact

Support at this level will helps us develop direct impact programs that address local and global challenges.


Global Citizen

Support at this level helps IDEA continue to grow programs and more dynamic, engaged global citizens.


Sky is the Limit

IDEA envisions five strong strategic initiatives that expand the entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem of Western, Whatcom County, Washington and the world. We need champions to invest between $1000-$700,000 to help grow the programs and their impact.

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