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Why Make Your Gift An Endowment?

Endowment Accounts are Managed by an Investment Firm for the Northwest Indian College Foundation.

Each account is invested as part of a larger pool of investments but is managed individually. Investment strategies are based on the investment policy of the Northwest Indian College Foundation and are based on conservative, proven strategies with companies with proven track records. Annual reports are provided for each endowed account. For more information, please contact our office.

What Exactly is an Endowment?

An endowed gift provides an opportunity for a single donation to generate perpetual income. The principal remains in-tact and only the investment income generated is distributed. Some donors choose to gift an endowment in memory of an ancestor, family member, or other influential individual while others will name an endowment to honor a family legacy. A named endowment is an everlasting tribute to the individual or family it celebrates.

An endowment can support research, scholarships, or a specific program or degree such as an endowed chair for a degree program. For example, if you have a background or interest in protecting the environment, you could consider contributing to the endowed position for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Native Environmental Science. A principal amount of $4,000,000 with an annual return of 3% would generate $120,000 annually and in perpetuity.

Endowed Chairs Needed:

  • Endowed Chair: Native Environmental Science Bachelor Degree – $3,000,000
  • Endowed Chair: Native Studies Leadership Bachelor Degree – $3,000,000
  • Endowed Chair: Tribal Governance and Business Management Bachelor Degree – $3,000,000
  • Endowed Chair: Human Services Bachelor Degree – $3,000,000

Endowment for a Specific NWIC Campus

  • Lummi
  • Swinomish
  • Tulalip
  • Muckleshoot
  • Nisqually
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam
  • Nez Perce

Where Does Your Endowment Live?

Your Endowed Gift Helps Ensure NWIC Will Continue To:

  • Promote indigenous self-determination and knowledge while furthering high intellectual quality;
  • Generate and secure long-term support of degree programs that strive to restore and rebuild tribal communities and families;
  • Advance education programs, and cultural arts that help preserve local native history;
    Support scholarships that you create or contribute to an existing endowed scholarship; and
  • Transfer the knowledge of ancestors and living relatives so that future generations understand how to live well and in culturally necessary ways.

Current Endowments

You may also choose to support an existing endowment:

  • Northwest Indian College Legacy Fund
  • Billy Frank Jr. Natural Resources Endowment
  • Bob Lorence Science Fund
    Cultural Arts Endowment Fund
  • Roselie Long Endowed Chair for Teacher Education
  • Nisqually Higher Education Fund
  • Jamestown/S’Klallam Higher Education Fund
  • Swinomish Higher Education Fund

Scholarship Endowments

  • Roselie and Sam Long Endowment Fund for American Indian Education
  • Forrest “Dutch” Kinley Memorial Scholarship
  • San Manuel Education Achievement Scholarship
  • Western Washington University Scholarship
  • Lengesot (Take care of all) Health Careers Scholarship
  • Miss Lummi Stommish Valerie James Scholarship and Education Fund
  • NWICF Emergency Assistance Fund
  • Second Chance Fund
You can help Northwest Indian College gain Financial Independence


You can help Northwest Indian College gain Financial Independence

Please contact Barbara Lewis, Executive Director for more information.

Building People. Building Nations.

Your gift today can make the crucial difference. The main reason Native students do not complete their education is due to the financial hardships associated with getting their degree.

Giving: Support NWIC and Donate Today!


You can help Northwest Indian College gain Financial Independence

Johnson Scholarship Foundation

Student Scholarship Endowment – Match Your Donations

The Generations Fund

The Generations Fund is an Endowment that will Fund in Perpetuity

Planned Giving

An option that gives donors flexibility and unique options such as gifts of real estate, assets and much more

The NWICF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization solely dedicated to supporting the mission of Northwest Indian College and its students with financial support through fundraising activities and events.