Development FAQs

Responses to frequently asked questions about the PNWU Foundation and about making charitable donations to Pacific Northwest University.

Development Frequently Asked Questions

Below are responses to frequently asked questions about the PNWU Foundation and about making charitable donations to Pacific Northwest University. If you have specific questions not addressed here, or would like to contact someone directly—please email Lauri Roberson at lroberson@pnwu.edu or call 509.249.7874.

How can I make a gift?

Credit or Debit Card—You can mail in your credit or debit card number with gift information, or make a gift online.

PhoneYou may pledge a charitable gift over the phone by calling Adam Story at 509.249.7862.

Stock or Mutual FundsGifts of marketable stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares are accepted as charitable gifts and can have an immediate impact on PNWU program(s) you wish to support.

Charitable bequests, life income gifts, real estate, life insurance, charitable lead trust, retirement plan assets, personal propertyBy including PNWU in your estate or financial plans, you will make a lasting difference to future generations. For information about these giving opportunities, please contact Adam Story at 509.249.7862.

How do I make a gift online?

You can make a gift online by visiting the PNWU Foundation’s online giving site.

Is making a gift online safe?

PNWU subscribes to Blackbaud Merchant Services a PCI-compliant solution used worldwide. It features the Blackbaud Vault, which encrypts sensitive information and keep your credit card data secure.

What credit cards are accepted?

PNWU Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You also have the option to mail in your credit or debit card number with gift information to:

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
111 University Parkway, Suite 202
Yakima, WA 98901

To whom do I write my check?

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences or PNWU

Where do I send my check?

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
111 University Parkway, Suite 202
Yakima, WA 98901

How do I participate in a matching gift program?

To find out if your company is a matching gift company either ask your HR Department or give us a call.

Can I specify where my gift goes?

Yes! Clearly note the amount and to which fund you wish to support on your pledge form. 

Can I make an anonymous gift?

Yes, you can make an anonymous gift and your anonymity will be respected. Please indicate that you wish for your gift to remain anonymous by checking the box on the pledge form. 

What if I want to make a gift, but do not see a fund that fits my wishes?

If your gift to be made is not listed, please contact a PNWU representative at 509.249.7862

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes, all gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. You must claim your gift as an itemized deduction on your tax return.

Please note—PNWU is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 

Will I receive a receipt for my gift?

After you make a gift online, you will receive a confirmation receipt for your gift. Approximately one to two weeks after making your gift, you will receive a thank you letter for your support.

If you do not make an online gift you will receive a thank you letter within two weeks. This thank you letter acts as your tax deuctible receipt.

Can I make a memorial or honorary gift online?

Yes. Choose the area you would like to support and indicate the amount of your gift. Then provide information to extend your gift in honor or memory of. 

Does the PNWU Foundation share my information with others?

No, out of respect and privacy, the PNWU Foundation does not sell or share any information regarding donor or alumni relations. 

Contact Information

Michele Erickson
Chief Development Officer
merickson@pnwu.edu
509.249.7708

Adam Story
Director of Development
astory@pnwu.edu
509.249.7862

Lesley Kerns
Donor Relations/Events Manager
lkerns@pnwu.edu
509.249.7774

Lauri Roberson
Advancement Services Manager
lroberson@pnwu.edu
509.249.7874

Kaitlyn Porter
Director of Annual Giving
kporter@pnwu.edu
509.249.7875