Giving

Empower Students and Support Your Community

Our mission at Heritage is to empower students through education, regardless of economic background. By giving to Heritage, you will help our incredible students overcome barriers that would otherwise limit their access to higher education. And by giving to students, you will also be making a lasting investment in the community: Our programs focus on helping students gain the knowledge and skills to become positive changemakers and thoughtful leaders in their communities.

Why Give?

Because you can make a lasting difference! Giving opens doors and creates valuable opportunities for talented students in need in the greater Yakima Valley community. In fact, 95% of our students rely on financial aid to fund their education. With your donation, college degrees that may not have been possible are now possible.

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How To Give

We make it easy for you to make a charitable gift! There are plenty of ways to donate, from endowed giving to simply adding Heritage University to your AmazonSmile account. Plus, when you give to Heritage, you can choose how you would like your gifts allocated.

Discover How Your Donations Help Students Succeed

How do students benefit from donations?

Students benefit from your support in numerous ways. Your support also strengthens their communities.

91%

Of undergraduate students receive grant and/or scholarship aid

293

Degrees awarded in the 2019-2020 academic year

$2.5 million

Private scholarships awarded in 2020

Ways to Give

Heritage University Scholarship Dinner

Every year, Heritage hosts the Yakima Valley’s premier fundraising event for community members and friends of the university. Our annual Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner has been a tradition for 35 years and counting. Since its inception, more than $8 million has been raised for our university scholarship fund, with every dollar going directly to student scholarships! Find out how you can get involved.

Planned Giving

Learn how you can meet your personal financial goals while making a difference in the future of Heritage students. Browse options for planned giving, including bequests, IRA charitable rollovers and life insurance gifts.

Endowment Gifts

One of the best ways to create a personal legacy and help sustain the future of Heritage for generations ahead is to create an endowment fund. These funds are held in perpetuity and invested for long-term growth while providing an income for the purpose chosen by the donor(s). Each year a percentage of the current value of the endowed gift is awarded as determined by the university board of directors.

DACA Giving

Our DACA students embody the spirit of all Heritage students – intelligent, hardworking and eager to earn a college degree. And just like their American-born classmates, they, too, aspire to serve our community and make the world a better place. The only thing that sets our DACA students apart from their classmates is their immigration status.

DACA recipients are not eligible for federal student aid. Your donation can help them reach their goals and support their academic journey.

Are You a Heritage Alum?

Find out how to stay connected with Heritage and give to the next generation of students! Your support matters. Even a small gift will help transform the life of a student. You can also give your time by getting involved with the Heritage community!

Violet Lumley Rau Alumni Award

This award is given annually to an alumnus who embodies the ideals of the University in their personal, professional and community lives.

Alumni Legacy Walk

Give to Heritage and get your name added to a brick on our legacy walk. Join the collection of names of alumni who have also contributed.

Other Ways to Help

Discover how to get involved with the Heritage community through our mentorship program. Provide guidance to a student who is on the same journey as you once were.

Still Have Questions about Giving? Contact Our Advancement Team.

Our Office of Advancement is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please reach out to us via either phone (509-865-8587) or email. We look forward to speaking with you!