Everyone in Washington benefits from the success of University of Washington fundraising.

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THE University of Washington knows its community. That’s why plans to raise a record-smashing $5 billion by 2020 is not as audacious as it sounds.

The flagship university is a Washington treasure that everyone in the state, and even the nation, benefits from supporting.

UW’s outstanding computer-science, engineering and business graduates are current and future business leaders throughout the state, and beyond. People travel from around the region to attend lectures by UW luminaries. Governments call on its social scientists to help them understand the impacts of their policies, ranging from education reform to Seattle’s $15 minimum wage. David James Thouless, an emeritus professor of physics, made everyone in the state proud when he recently won UW’s seventh Nobel Prize. Medical discoveries in the areas of cancer, AIDS and heart disease are saving lives across the globe. A University of Washington degree can likely be found on the résumés of many state lawmakers or representatives to Congress.

During UW’s last big fundraising campaign, which ended in 2008, nearly $2.7 billion was donated. Fewer than half of those dollars came from Husky alumni.

The Be Boundless campaign begins its public phase on Friday, but donors have already topped the results of the previous campaign, with $3 billion in pledges since the campaign began in 2010. That includes $86 million in leadership gifts from Microsoft, Amazon and many individuals to build a new computer-science building that would allow the university to double the number of students who can major in UW’s most popular program.

How to give

http://uw.edu/boundless

People who give million-dollar gifts are not the only ones who get to decide how their donations will be used. Every donor has that decision to make in the UW’s Boundless campaign. Send $25 for diabetes research or $100 for a college scholarship for Native American students. Donate $150 to support student government or the club you participated in during your undergraduate years. All donations to any UW department or program between now and 2020 will count toward the campaign.

Even if you have never attended a class or a football game at the university in Seattle, you might have been to a doctor who graduated from UW and has benefitted from its medical research.

Everyone in Washington is a little bit Husky. Bark your support with a donation to the Boundless campaign.