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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund supports UWC-USA’s operating budget, and your contribution directly benefits UWC-USA students by helping to pay for Community Service and Wilderness programs, Southwest Studies Week, scholarships for international students, operation of facilities, and so much more. The Annual Fund is made up of thousands of philanthropic gifts from UWC-USA's alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends. 

Your gift direct impacts the lives of our students, and the returns are extraordinary. Our donors have the satisfaction of knowing they helped develop the kind of thoughtful, compassionate leaders the world truly needs. In addition to the option to direct your gift to the area of greatest need (Unrestricted Annual Fund), this year you may also designate your Annual Fund gift to one of the following areas:

Scholarships for refugee students

Scholarships for international students

Dormitory upgrades

Farm operations 

Professional development 

Project Week 

Medical insurance coverage 

Wilderness programs

Click here to make an Annual Fund gift.


Endowed funds create a perpetual stream of revenue that helps ensure the long–term financial health of UWC-USA.

You can create your own named, endowed fund with a minimum gift or pledge of $50,000, or make a gift or pledge of any amount to an existing endowed fund. To learn more about investing in UWC-USA by way of gifts to our endowment, contact Vice President for Advancement Christie Baskett at (505) 454-4214 or christie.baskett@uwc-usa.org.

Click here for a list of named endowed funds.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts offer supporters many benefits, from reducing or eliminating certain taxes to providing life-long income to the donor or another beneficiary. There are several ways to make a planned gift:

  • Bequests. The simplest way to make a planned gift is to name UWC-USA as a beneficiary in your will. You can make a bequest of a dollar amount, a piece of property, a percentage of your estate, or a “residual” (what is left after making specific provisions for loved ones). Click here for sample language you can use in your bequest.

  • Gifts from retirement plans. Retirement funds are often taxable—whether to you or your heirs—when withdrawn. If you make a gift directly from your retirement fund, you can often avoid these taxes by taking an offsetting deduction for your charitable gift.

  • Gifts that return financial benefits. Gifts that pay income are often favored by donors with appreciated assets such as a business, stocks, or real estate. These gifts can be structured to provide you and/or others with income, tax savings, and other benefits while leaving a lasting legacy for UWC-USA.

To learn more about tax benefits related to planned giving, please speak to your financial advisor. To find out how you can support UWC‑USA with a planned gift, please contact  Vice President for Advancement Christie Baskett at (505) 454-4214 or christie.baskett@uwc-usa.org.


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UWC-USA is one of 16 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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