Frequently Asked Questions

What is the WCU Battle of the Decades?

WCU Battle of the Decades is a yearlong challenge encouraging you and your fellow WCU alumni to support your alma mater. By making a gift to any area of the University, you will be boosting your graduation decade's alumni participation rate. The decade with the highest alumni participation rate will be awarded a trophy at a 2017 alumni event.

The challenge runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

I already gave this year. Am I counted?

Any undergraduate or graduate alumnus that makes a gift from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 will be counted. 

My spouse and I are both alums. Do we each need to donate?

No, if one of you makes a gift, you will both be counted toward your individual graduation decades. 

I received my undergraduate and graduate degree from WCU and I am on the cusp of two decades. Which decade will I be counted under?

You will be counted under the decade that you received your undergraduate degree.

Where does my donation go?

100% of your gift will go to the area(s) you choose. Critically important gift designations include the Alumni Scholarship, Catamount Club, General Scholarships, or the Fund for WCU.

What can I do to help get the word out about the WCU Battle of the Decades Challenge?

When you make a gift, post about it on your social media account to encourage your fellow alumni to give and check out the challenge. Use #WCUBattleoftheDecades to join in the conversations and spread the word. Check out the social media resources for sample posts and emails.

Do gifts by mail count?

Yes, you can always give by mail to support WCU. Our mailing address is: Western Carolina University, Advancement, 1 University Drive, 201 HF Robinson Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

Will my WCU Battle of the Decades contribution be tax deductible?

Yes, your gift is entirely tax deductible. You will receive a tax acknowledgement in the mail a few days after making a gift.

I still have questions. How do I get in touch?

Feel free to send us an email at or call us at 800-492-8496.