Support the Department of Communication

All gifts are tax-deductible and truly make a difference.

Thank you for your support. Your Gift will provide resources to develop and create programs that are not covered by state funding. More than ever, the Department of Communication is committed to providing a transformative education. We push students to take on challenges, reach beyond themselves, and see the world in new ways. Here are some transformative opportunities we offer:

Featured Funds

Center For Communication, Difference & Equity
The Center vision is to become a world-class center of research on communication and difference; it’s mission is to create student leaders who understand, value, and embrace difference. The fund supports bringing together faculty, staff, and students to work with leading scholars, organizations in the local community and broader region, and civic leaders to fulfill its vision and mission. Support this fund >>

The Endowment for Leadership in Communication will fund intense, immersive opportunities for leadership development among UW Department of Communication students. These are opportunities above and beyond typical student experiences that pair first-hand, in-depth learning experiences by students with tailored mentorship by faculty and staff. They draw on the Department’s strong connection with our community and connect students beyond the classroom in purposeful relationship-building moments. These moments are often the experiences that students remember, find most valuable, and use as catalysts toward previously unimagined creativity and learning.

We invite you to consider our giving levels and join us in supporting our future leaders:

$250 to $1,000 Leadership Friend
$1,001 to $5,000 Leadership Mentor
$5,001 and above Leadership Partner

Support this fund >>

The Philipsen Forum Debate Fund will provide support for student engagement in debate at the UW Department of Communication. It will include equipment purchases, guest speakers, and travel to competitions. The UW Debate Union honors Emeritus Professor Gerry Philipsen’s dedication to debate as an educational and knowledge-building tool. The Philipsen Debate Forum is an annual event featuring students engaging in public debates over major public issues. Read more here. Support this fund >>

The Communications Discretionary Fund provides unrestricted support for the Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences. Gifts to this fund are used at the discretion of the Chair and are directed where they are needed most. Some examples of support include: study abroad experiences in Europe and elsewhere; career exploration trips to New York, California and around the Seattle area; cross-cultural interactions with marginalized groups; and engagement of underrepresented minority students in academic, career and networking opportunities. Support this fund >>

The Christopher Rauch Meyer Endowed Fund provides students with transformative learning opportunities. This endowment is named in memory and honor of Christopher Meyer, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from the University of Washington with majors in Communication and Psychology, and his legacy of seizing opportunities, taking chances, and pursuing dreams. The UW Department of Communication has a robust career exploration program that moves students beyond the classroom and into communities of alumni and friends who serve as mentors for their career pursuits. This endowment carries forward Christopher’s legacy by supporting such mentoring and providing a range of students with opportunities to travel to and meet with professional communication leaders. Click here for the full fund description. Support this fund >>

The Crowell Graduate Student Fund was started over twenty years ago to honor Professor Emerita Laura Crowell. Graduate students in the Department of Communication use it exclusively to support research. In particular, the fund supports graduate student travel to conferences to present papers that have been accepted, as well as research activities such as coding, transcription, and duplication of surveys and other materials used by students in their research projects. Support this fund >>

Ways to Give

Make a gift online

Online credit card gifts for the Department of Communication can be made through the University of Washington’s secure server >>

Send a check

Make checks payable to the University of Washington Foundation, with a note indicating the fund you wish to support. Mail payments to:
University of Washington
102 Department of Communication
4000 15th Ave NE
Box 353740
Seattle, WA 98195-3740.

Call toll-free and use a credit card

Call 1-877-UW-GIFTS (877-894-4387) and specify which fund or program you wish to support.

Do you or your spouse/partner work for a matching gift company? Not sure? Check here. Some companies also match retirees’ gifts.

Suzzallo Society Planned Giving

Become a lifelong Henry Suzzallo Society member by including the UW in your will.

The Henry Suzzallo Society honors individuals who have provided a future gift to the UW under their will/living trust/life insurance policy/retirement plan or similar commitment.

Membership in the Suzzallo Society is a way for the UW to thank and recognize donors now for their commitment to make a future gift. However, we know that many people prefer to keep their gifts confidential, and we respect the wishes of donors who prefer to remain anonymous.

To learn more, visit or contact Planned Giving at 206-685-1001, toll free at 800-284-3679 or through e-mail at

Other funds include:

Jody Deering Nyquist Award for Excellence in the Study of Communication
The purpose of this endowment is to support annual awards for undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in the study of communication. This shall include awards for outstanding students in (1) public speaking; (2) original research; and (3) the theory and practice of interpersonal, group or instructional communication. The expenses for which the fund is intended include cash prizes to the recipients of the awards specified above and reasonable expenses incurred in the holding of an annual ceremony at which the awards are presented. Support this fund >>

Communications Scholarship Fund
Scholarship support for the Department of Communication undergraduate students. This support can make the difference in whether a student can enroll for classes, purchase textbooks, and continue their progress toward a degree. Support this fund >>

Excellence in Journalism Fund
Support for students interested in the dynamic multimedia environment of twenty-first-century journalism. Includes support for the Department’s signature internships covering the Washington State Legislature in Olympia. Support this fund >>

Journalism Foreign Intrigue Scholarship
To provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in the journalism program to travel overseas to work at a foreign newspaper. Support this fund >>

Thomas M. Scheidel Annual Faculty Lecture Fund
This fund was formed in honor of Professor Scheidel, who chaired the Department of Speech Communication for twelve years and served as Associate Dean of Humanities for the College of Arts and Sciences. It supports an annual lecture by a prominent scholar in the field as well as events connected with the lecture. Support this fund >>

The Communications Faculty Enrichment Fund
Support to enhance the work of faculty in the Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences. Support this fund >>

Friends of Communication Fund
This fund is used by the Department of Communication to support major department events and activities connected with professional conferences, Spring graduation, Fall orientation, and guest lectures throughout the year. Support this fund >>

Speech Communication Fund
This fund is used by the Department of Communication for general business expenses not funded by the College, such as visits to campus by candidates for faculty appointments; publication of departmental newsletters, programs, and brochures; and purchase of materials related to teaching and learning in the department. Support this fund >>

Communications Program Support Fund
General program support for the Communication program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Support this fund >>

 Communications School Fund II
Support for the furtherance of academic activities within the Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences. Support this fund >>

Pat Cranston Student Creativity Endowed Fund in Communication
The purpose of this fund is to support Communication students in their pursuit of professional opportunities for which a small amount of funding would make a huge difference. The goal is to support student creativity in many forms, so that students can take a chance on an idea. All funded projects must have clear professional value. Support this fund >>

Human Trafficking Research Fund
This fund supports research led by Dr. Kirsten Foot on ways to improve efforts to combat human trafficking within the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Footʼs timely research on this complex problem examines and catalyzes inter-organizational and multi-sector collaboration in the anti-human trafficking movement. Contributions toward this research will help it advance more rapidly. Support this fund >>