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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Making a last impression

EWU Advancement seeks to generate awareness of the university's value, leading to immediate and future financial support


Last updated 10/13/2020 at 11:41am

Eastern Washington University Office of Advancement

The market value growth of the University Foundation's endowment fund is shown above.

CHENEY – "Why do you need donations, you're a state-assisted school."

It's a statement Eastern Washington University Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the EWU Foundation Barb Richey said she sometimes receives when making a pitch to a hoped-for donor. But in reality, the university wouldn't be where it is today without private donations - specifically one donation.

In 1882, Northern Pacific Railroad CEO Benjamin P. Cheney was so touched by area residents naming the relatively new town after him that he donated $10,000 to a school for teachers on the town'...

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