Giving Joy Day is Moving to April

In 2018 you helped Eastern do something amazing. On Giving Joy Day, the EWU community raised more than $1.8 million in cash, pledges, and in-kind gifts to support student success. The university is again counting on your support, but this year organizers are changing the date to coincide with another important occasion at Eastern Washington University—the university’s birthday in April.

EWU started Giving Joy Day in 2016 to coincide with the International Day of Giving, an event held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year. The idea? To feel and share joy by giving to scholarships and other areas of need for student success.

Last year, organizers set off with a $250,000 goal and far surpassed it. Donations were bolstered by two significant gifts, one aimed at expanding and enhancing Eastern’s jazz program and another to provide equipment for students studying computer science.

Another significant gift came from Eastern’s president, Mary Cullinan, who offered to personally match faculty and staff donations up to $10,000. By noon, that total had been raised.

The Eastern community has some big shoes to fill for the next Giving Joy Day. To help make it extra special, the event is scheduled for Friday, April 3 so that the campus community can also celebrate EWU Turning 138 years old.

Mark your calendar now for the new tradition. EWU is asking that you make a gift that day to any area that means the most to you. Follow InsideEWU for more updates or visit EWU’s Giving Joy Day site.

If you would still like to make a gift to EWU on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3), please do so at

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