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Foley Institute
Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service

The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service was established at Washington State University in 1995 to honor Speaker Foley’s more than 30 years of public service to both state and nation - and as the 49th Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 The mission of the institute is three-fold:

  • Public affairs education: The institute organizes approximately 30 to 40 public lectures, symposia, or conferences on the WSU campus or other locations around the state to educate students and the public about government, politics, and public affairs. Approximately three to four thousand individuals attend these public events annually.
  • Student engagement in public service: The institute offers approximately between 40 to 50 student internships each year. Students serve in the U.S. Congress, the Washington state legislature, political campaigns, and various federal, state and local agencies. The Institute also provides a limited number of undergraduate scholarships for students interested in careers in public service.
  • Support for academic research on public policy and democratic institutions:  Foley supports research on public policy and democratic institutions through endowed professorships, research fellowships and scholarships. The institute also provides sponsorship of research conferences and interdisciplinary research partnerships.


-Your Generosity Opens the Door to Possibilities – Please Make a Gift Today! We thank you for your support during #CougsGive

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Campus, College, and Program Leaderboard
Which campus, college, or program will raise the most during #CougsGive?
Rank Department Raised
1 College of Veterinary Medicine $219,595.00
2 Cougar Athletic Fund $41,325.00
3 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine $24,070.00
4 WSU Vancouver $19,245.00
5 Murrow College of Communication $16,535.00
6 Honors College $14,450.00
7 Division of Student Affairs $13,505.00
8 College of Education $13,115.00
9 College of Arts & Sciences $11,390.00
10 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences $10,050.00
11 Carson College of Business $9,006.00
12 WSU Everett $8,525.00
13 College of Nursing $7,775.00
14 WSU Tri-Cities $5,235.00
15 Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture $3,370.00
16 Graduate School $3,250.00
17 Libraries $2,525.00
18 Crimson Opportunity Scholarship $2,390.00
19 Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences $2,300.00
20 Academic Engagement and Student Achievement $2,135.00
21 WSU Global Campus $1,800.00
22 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU $1,150.00
23 WSU Alumni Association $510.00
24 WSU Health Sciences Spokane $500.00
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$500 Lunch Time Bonus Challenge
Congrats to the College Of Veterinary Medicine on unlocking the $500 lunch time bonus!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 College of Veterinary Medicine 88
2 Division of Student Affairs 36
3 College of Education 32
4 WSU Vancouver 30
5 Cougar Athletic Fund 28
6 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 22
7 College of Arts & Sciences 21
8 WSU Tri-Cities 18
9 Honors College 16
10 Carson College of Business 16
11 Murrow College of Communication 15
12 Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture 9
13 College of Nursing 8
14 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 7
15 Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 7
16 WSU Everett 6
17 Crimson Opportunity Scholarship 5
18 Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences 5
19 WSU Global Campus 5
20 WSU Health Sciences Spokane 4
21 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU 2
22 Libraries 2
23 WSU Alumni Association 2
24 Graduate School 2
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Cougar Ambassador Most Donors Inspired Challenge
The Cougar Ambassador who inspires the most donors through referrals will unlock $500 to a #CougsGive fund of choice. How many donors can YOU inspire? This challenge is anonymously sponsored by an '09 alum and current WSU employee. The winner of this challenge will be announced at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
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$500 Lucky Number 131
Thanks to Kathy Ryan for making the 131st gift of the day! The Giving Hope Through Cancer fund has received a bonus $500.
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Success!
$500 Bright and Early Donor Bonus
Congrats to Paul Bolls, his bonus will go to the Murrow Dean's Excellence Fund!
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Leaderboard
Campus, College, and Program Gift Leaderboard
Which campus, college, or program will receive the most gifts during #CougsGive?
Rank Department Gifts
1 College of Veterinary Medicine 220
2 Cougar Athletic Fund 106
3 WSU Vancouver 86
4 Division of Student Affairs 76
5 Murrow College of Communication 67
6 College of Education 63
7 College of Arts & Sciences 62
8 WSU Everett 48
9 WSU Tri-Cities 47
10 Honors College 42
11 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 35
12 Carson College of Business 34
13 College of Nursing 31
14 Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 29
15 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 20
16 Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences 17
17 Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture 16
18 WSU Global Campus 15
19 Crimson Opportunity Scholarship 13
20 Libraries 11
21 Graduate School 6
22 WSU Alumni Association 6
23 WSU Health Sciences Spokane 6
24 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU 4
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$500 Night Owl Challenge
The campus, college, or program with the most unique donors from 6 p.m. to midnight will receive a $500 bonus thanks to an anonymous donor!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 College of Veterinary Medicine 51
2 Cougar Athletic Fund 30
3 Murrow College of Communication 24
4 WSU Vancouver 14
5 Division of Student Affairs 13
6 College of Arts & Sciences 11
7 WSU Everett 11
8 College of Education 10
9 WSU Tri-Cities 8
10 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 8
11 Honors College 7
12 Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 6
13 Carson College of Business 6
14 Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 4
15 Libraries 4
16 College of Nursing 3
17 WSU Alumni Association 3
18 Graduate School 2
19 WSU Global Campus 2
20 Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture 2
21 Crimson Opportunity Scholarship 2
22 Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences 1
23 WSU Health Sciences Spokane 1
24 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/WSU 1
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Cougar Ambassador Total Dollars Inspired Challenge
The Cougar Ambassador with the largest total dollars in referrals will unlock $500 to designate to a #CougsGive fund of choice! This challenge is anonymously sponsored by an '09 alum and current WSU employee. The winner will be announced at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
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$500 Cougs Help Cougs Twitter Challenge
Thank you to @TheHollyJones (Crimson Opportunity Scholarship Fund) and @joanne_m_h (Cougs Feeding Cougs) for your tweets! Your chosen funds have received $500 bonuses from our anonymous challenge donor!
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