Competition is global - and intense. Our economic future depends on a diverse and highly educated workforce. Washington's independent colleges and universities provides broad-based, academically rigorous learning opportunities for ALL students.  These institutions prepare them for exciting careers that benefit not just themselves, but the state, the nation - and the world. 

The 10 members of Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW) deliver education of the highest quality. Each is an accredited independent college or university committed to the development of the whole student. Diverse in programs, missions, and geographical locations, they serve the needs of many, making valuable contributions to their communities.

ICW works to ensure that a high-quality, independent higher education is affordable to everyone who wants it. Since our founding in 1953, we have raised more than $61 million for our member colleges and their students.

Make a Gift

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Why Support ICW?

1) Easy and Efficient

  • One gift to ICW can support 10 independent colleges in Washington
  • 100% of every scholarship gift is distributed to ICW member colleges, honoring donor intent
  • ICW offers flexible options for focusing gifts
  • ICW has a successful record of fundraising for 60 years, averaging about $1.3 million each year in annual and endowed gifts - one of the best in the nation

2) A Brighter Future

Business leaders tell us that they are looking for employees with more than just the skills to do a job. They need critical thinkers who can solve problems creatively, communicate effectively, and work hard as part of a team. They're describing the graduates of ICW member colleges: young women and men who hit the market with career-specific expertise and, more importantly, with a broad-based education that emphasizes critical thinking, lifelong learning, ethics, leadership, and community service.

3) Expand choice and opportunity

By funding scholarships, contributions from corporations, foundations, and individuals make a real impact. Your support helps all students - regardless of their economic status - to pursue a post-secondary education in a learning environment that is right for them.

4) Saving Taxpayer Dollars

The nearly 40,000 students at ICW institutions receive less than 2% of Washington's higher education budget in the form of financial aid.  Yet our students earn about 25% of all the baccalaureate and higher degrees conferred in the state annually. It would cost the state almost $350 million each year to educate those students at public colleges. Donor support makes it possible to deliver these results. back to top

How to Give

ICW offers several options to support students in getting a quality education at an academically rigorous independent institution in Washington.

Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship

The Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship Fund is a general fund that allows one gift to help students at all 10 ICW member colleges. 100% of each gift is distributed to ICW colleges to use for student scholarships. Make a gift now.

Named Scholarships

Donors may choose to create scholarships in their name for a minimum investment of $10,000 a year. Make a gift now.

Matched College Savings Program (MCSP)

Help very low income students - those at or below 200% of poverty level - stay in college and learn to save consistently for their college education by providing matching funds. Make a gift now.

Click here to learn more about the Matched College Savings Program.

2015 ICW Ethics Bowl

Be part of ICW's 60th anniversary, celebrating academic achievement and student skill as an Ethics Bowl sponsor. Make a gift now.

Click here to learn more about the 2015 ICW Ethics Bowl.

Endowed Scholarships

A minimum donation of $20,000 will generate resources to fund a $1,000 competitive scholarship each year. Make a gift now.

In-Kind Gifts

Donations of equipment, materials, or services appropriate to higher education save the colleges resources they can redirect to financial aid. Contact us to make a gift.

Planned Gifts

Gifts through trusts or estate provisions can create resources for financial aid at two or more member colleges/universities of your choosing. View the Planned Giving brochure for detailed information.


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ICW Honor Roll of Supporters

Thank you to the generous corporations, foundations and individuals that provided Washington students with over $1 million in scholarships and other support in the 2014 fiscal year, ending June 30, 2014.

Your gifts provide our students opportunity, choice and success!

Number in parenthesis indicate number of years giving to ICW.

 

Student Scholarships

$100,000 and above

The Anderson Foundation (52)

$50,000 - $99,999

Costco Wholesale (21)
The Wollenberg Foundation (52)

$25,000 - $49,999

The Norcliffe Foundation (15)
Nordstrom (46)
PACCAR Inc (61)
School Employees Credit Union of Washington & PEMCO Insurance (34)

$10,000 - $24,999

Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation (36)
Kenneth J. and Beryl N. Goodchild (20)
Independent Colleges of Washington (9)
UPS Foundation (39)

$2,500 - $9,999

Anonymous (33)
Violet A. Boyer (15)
Clark Nuber P.S. (3)
O. D. Fisher Charitable Fund/ The Seattle Foundation (33)
Gull Industries, Inc. (31)
William Kilworth Foundation (13)
Franz and Yuan Ling Lazarus (4)
Miller Nash LLP (10)
Len and Jane Parris (5)
Principal Financial Group (16)

$1,000 - $2,499

Anonymous 2 (8)
Dawn and Dick Bangert II (12)
George D. Bartell (13)
John and Kay Bassett (4)
Ben Bridge Family Donor Advised Fund/Jewish Federation
of Greater Seattle (26)
Brooks Manufacturing Company (38)
Cowles Company (56)
Jennifer Divine and Laureen France (1)
Carolyn Kelly (1)
Rhona Kwiram (2)
Lease Crutcher Lewis (3)
Linda and Rick Linneweh (4)
Thayne M. McCulloh (5)
P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (40)
Parker Smith & Feek, Inc. (22)
Neal Piliavin and Therese Joyce (6)
Rabel Family Advised Fund/ The Seattle Foundation (51)
Todd and Melaine Ruberg (6)
Russell Investments (1)
Washington State Auto Dealers Association (40)
The Titus Will Families Foundation (45)
Howard S. Wright Constructors (4)
Wright Runstad & Company (20)

Below $1,000

Anahata Holistic (2)
Heather M. Barbieri (3)
Chadd and Elizabeth Bennett (5)
Sophie and Noah Bennett (2)
Michael and Dorothy Bertsch (1)
The Boeing Company (59)
George S. Bridges (7)
Thomas Bruhns (1)
Anne Cassidy and Robert Fuller (6)
Brenda Castañeda (1)
Elizabeth A. Cowles and James L. Meyer (2)
Clipper Navigation, Inc. (1)
Devon Crouch (1)
Jim and Debbie Crouch (1)
Deborah B. Cushing (3)
Bob and Judy Cushman (1)
Michael and Patty Daniels (11)
Brian Dohe (2)
Tom and Brenda Fitzsimmons (6)
Groninger & Co., Inc. (46)
Rick and Pam Gross (9)
Roy F. Heynderickx (6)
David M. and Dianne W. Irwin (8)
Don and Ann Jenkins (16)
Glenn Johnson and Michael Melancon (6)
Sharon and Charles Kegley (1)
Thomas W. Krise, PhD (2)
Laura Lawton-Forsyth and Robert Forsyth (3)
Leigh Ann Lucero (7)
Daniel J. Martin (2)
John and Pam McVay (6)
Microsoft Corporation (20)
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network (2)
John and Kathy O’Halloran (4)
Julie Prince (2)
Constance and Rodney Proctor (8)
Lyle Quasim (1)
Laura and Jim Rehrmann (6)
The Seattle Foundation (4)
Ahmadou Seck (2)
Steven T. Seward (10)
Andrew T. and Robin W. Stefan (10)
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. (9)
Ronald R. and Mary Thomas (9)
Christopher M Thompson (3)
Ober Tyus (7)
U.S. Bancorp Foundation (35)
Belma Villa (2)
Joseph and Ella Ward (6)


In-Kind Gifts

Above $100,000

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air (35)

$13,000 – $100,000

Chihuly Studio (1)
Fluke Corporation (48)
Sheraton Seattle Hotel (21)

Below $13,000

Chandler Reach Vineyard (1)
CMBell Company (4)
Fluid Surveys (3)
Google Inc. (2)
Labels West, Inc. (1)
Mobile Beacon (2)
The News Tribune (20)
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (6)
Wufoo Forms

 

Special Programs

Matched College Savings Program

BNSF Railway Foundation (54)
Alice Cunningham (4)
U.S. Bancorp Foundation (35)
Ellen J. Wallach and Thomas R. Darden (8)
Research Programs Council of Independent Colleges (20)
Puget Sound Energy (53)

 

2014 ICW Ethics Bowl

$25,000 and above

The Boeing Company (59)
U.S. Bancorp Foundation (35)

$5,000 - $24,999

Ascent Law Partners (1)
Cowles Company (56)
Franz and Yuan Ling Lazarus (4)
The Wollenberg Foundation (52)

$1,500 - $4,999

Lawton Printing, Inc. (9)
Seattle University (3)
Skanska USA Building Inc. (11)
Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund (3)

$1,499 and below

Anonymous 2 (8)
Loren J. and MaryAnn W.
Anderson (10)
Anne Cassidy and Robert Fuller (6)
Deborah B. Cushing (3)
Kenneth J. and Beryl N.
Goodchild (20)
Rhona Kwiram (2)
Ned and Priscilla Lange (5)
Raymond W. and Caryl J. Lawton (1)
Lease Crutcher Lewis (3)
Jerry and Charlene Lee (1)
Parker Smith & Feek, Inc. (22)
Peterson Sullivan LLP (1)
Neal Piliavan and Therese Joyce (6)
Constance and Rodney Proctor (8)
Bill and Bonnie Robinson (10)
Andrew T. and Robin W. Stefan (10)
Washington State Auto Dealers Association (40)
Howard S. Wright Constructors (4)

 

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Scholarship Newsletters

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Download PDF: 2012-13 Scholarship Newsletter (May 2013)

 

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Contact ICW

To make a real difference in Washington's future, contact the ICW Development Office for details. ICW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and gifts are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Anne Cassidy 
Vice President for Advancement Services
Independent Colleges of Washington 
600 Stewart Street, Suite 600 
Seattle, WA 98101 
(206) 623-4494 
Anne@ICWashington.org