The Newman Center is a unique ministry of the Church.  We are devoted to serving Catholic students by enriching and complementing the secular education at the University of Washington.  Students who participate in campus ministry are more likely to stay active in their faith, volunteer, consider a religious vocation, and even tithe to their future parish.  Your partnership ensures that Newman can continue to provide programs and services critical to forming the faithful and ethical future leaders of our Church and world.   

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Ministry Fund

Search 2009

One gift, hundreds of lives touched!  With an estimated Catholic student population of 6,000+, we need your help to keep Newman growing. 

Ministry Fund gifts support retreats, lectures, biblestudy, communityservice, campusprogramming, outreach, catechesis, RCIA and all the other crucial programs and services that make Newman an oasis of faith.

Living Faith Society

Living Faith Society

Secure, fast, and rewarding electronic giving! The Living Faith Society is a great way to support Newman on a regular basis through a secure, easy, and automatic pledge from a credit card (earn miles!), debit card, checking, or savings account. And, as our way of saying thanks, you’ll receive theFREE quarterly Catholic devotional Living Faith, providing daily Catholic devotions based on one of the Mass readings for the day. You may increase, decrease, stop, or restart your giving at any time.

SECURE: transactions are encrypted, and it’s safer than cash or checks in the mail.
STABLE: easy to budget, and provides a strong base of ongoing support for Newman’s crucial programs.
EASY: now when you go on vacation, your generosity doesn’t have to! No more forgetting to make a gift!
REWARDING: the Living Faith devotional is a great way to strengthen your prayer life.

Note: you can always make an electronic pledge online without joining the society.

Planned Giving

Leave your legacy for generations of Catholic Huskies

There are a myriad of ways in which you can remember Newman in your estate - many of which provide significant tax benefits - or leverage your estate for an even bigger gift than you thought possible.  For more information, please call the Archdiocesan Planned Giving Office at 1-800-752-5902 or click here to view their website.  Tell them you're interested in making a gift to the Newman Center at UW, and their experts will guide you through the process. 

**If Newman is already included in your estate, thank you!  Please be sure we're listed as: Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington, located at 4502 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.  You can also view this Archdiocesan website for examples of bequest language to confirm your will properly designates the Newman Center as a beneficiary.**

Through UW



The University of Washington now has a Catholic Newman Center fund! 

Visit the UW Foundation webpage and direct your gift to the "Catholic Newman Center Fund".  In the search box type "Catholic". 

Or, when you receive your annual appeal letter or phone call from the university, simply write in or ask that your gift be directed to the "Catholic Newman Center Fund".

Note: donations to the Catholic Newman Center fund are used to support Catholic student activities and programs on campus.


Critical Mass 2006

Give the gift of education! Paying for school hasn't been getting easier, but you can change that.  With your support, Newman awards academic scholarships annually to students from the community. Students are required to submit applications for the scholarship, and are reviewed based on need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Gifts to this fund increase the number and size of the scholarships Newman is able to offer. 


Baccalaureate Mass

Retreats change lives over night.  Any student that's been on a Newman retreat will tell you it's been one of their best experiences in college.  Established in 2008 by students who wanted everyone to have the chance to go on a life-changing rereat, the Student Endowment is a fund in perpetuity that provides financial support for Newman's famous retreat ministry.  Gifts to this fund build the endowment so that retreat fees and scholarships remain accessible to all students.  Leave your legacy for future Catholic Huskies by making a gift today.

"Newman's retreats changed my life forever, and I want future Catholic Huskies to have the same chance to find God that I had.  That's why I support the student endowment."  - Kaelen B., Class of 2010, Endowment Chair

Note: Newman's endowment is managed in accordance with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' guidelines for ethical investing.  Click here to view the PDF overview of the program and investments.

Information for Parents

It’s an exciting time for you! Your child is off to college, and you can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish. It’s also a time of some big transitions, not just for them, but for you too. And that’s why we’re here.

There are a lot of unhealthy distractions at college, and weboth know how important it is for students to find a community that shares their values. As your son or daughter grows, we’re here to help them take the faith, values, and lessons you’ve worked hard to instill in them, and fold those into their own unique adult Catholic identity. Ourmission is to help your child grow into a faithful, moral, ethical, and passionate future leader of our Church and world. We do so through a diverse range of programs and services; everything from sports teams in the IMA league, to lectures and powerful retreats.

As a special ministry to students, we don’t have the income of a traditional parish. We rely on your support as a parent to help us raise the nearly $425,000 annually it takes to serve the 700-800 students we see a week (and growing every year!). If you’d like more information on our finances, please click the “Annual Report” link to the left.

You are such an important source of support and advice to us. It’s only through a partnership with you that we can successfully minister to your child. Take a moment to review the many ways you can support this wonderful ministry by exploring the "Opportunities to Give" page. One of the easiest and most secure ways to do so is through a pledge to our Living Faith Society. Please consider making a gift today. Regardless, know that any gift and your prayers are sincerely appreciated.

Need assistance? We’re here to help! If you have a question, special request, or need us to reach out to someone, please contact a member of our staff for assistance.

Information for Alumni

Catholic Huskies!If you’ve been through Newman, you probably remember those amazing retreats, the hilarious Café Newmans, the great lectures, socials, sports, and of course, the beauty of the Mass with all your friends. How great was it to have a parish for you right across the street from the UW?

You’ve been a part of a very special community. Now Newman needs your help to give back to the next generation of Catholic Huskies.

Newman is a great place, and it’s changed a lot over the years, and will continue to change in years to come. Why? Because you participated in the life of the Church here; you helped Newman grow and be a refuge for more students. Newman now serves 700-800 students a week, is adding Masses, retreats, staff, and more. Like never before, we’re able to do more for more students.

There’s an estimated 7,600-12,000 Catholics on campus and we need alumni like you to help us reach them all. It’s because of you that we can keep retreat fees low, fund events like RCIA, lectures, Bible study, community service, keep fees for dances and other events to a minimum, and provide all that free food!  But most importantly, we need your help to keep Newman a spiritual refuge, a home away from home.

Please join hundreds of alumni and friends across the country in making a gift today. One of the easiest and most secure ways to do so is by joining our Living Faith Society. Do so and receive the FREE Catholic devotional, Living Faith, as our thanks.

Even though you may not be able to be here anymore, your gifts and prayers can be. Catholic Huskies everywhere thank you!

Information for Donors

The Newman Center is a special ministry of the Church, completely focused on the UW community. Our mission gives us the advantage of devoting all our energy to enriching the secular education at the UW, and in doing so help form the whole person with faith and reason. Your gifts give students a place to embrace their adult faith. Without you, the spiritual oasis that is Newman wouldn’t be able to exist.

There are many unhealthy distractions for college students, and it’s a pivotal time for them in the maturation of their faith. Many times, students come to embrace their faith as adults during college. And yet, many times college is where students lose their faith. That’s why the work of the Newman Center, and your partnership with us, is so important.

Catholics should strengthen their faith while at college, not have it eroded. With your support, we can continue our mission to support Catholics at the UW. We can continue to strengthen our outreach, retreats, socials, Bible studies, community service, lectures, educations series, and a host of other programs and services for the students. Through a diversified effort, students can come in contact with their faith, with Christ, like never before. With your support, you can give them that opportunity to say yes to God.

Thank you!

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Information for Students

For students, by students, Newman is your parish! We're your home-away-from-home while at college. Students help run almost every aspect of Newman. And you can get involved too.

We're not a typical parish, but a special ministry for you and the University of Washington. You can come here to study, to pray, to meet other people that share your values, to make lifelong friends, to have fun, and most importantly, learn more about your Catholic faith and embrace it as your own.

Now that you're choosing to come to Mass on your own, you also have the opportunity to choose to support all the great activities at Newman - to willingly give back some of what God has given you. A student's budget is tight, but we can all find a few extra bucks to do what we can to support our community. It's a sign of faith and gratitude to God for what we have. It may be hard to consider at times, but the truth is that you can be a donor, you can be a benefactor - you can choose to make a difference now.

Remember the story of the Widow's Mite from Scripture (Mark 12:41-44):

He (Jesus) sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood."

Your gifts, and those of the other students, truly do make a difference. Please prayerfully discern what God is calling you to share with your community of faith at the Newman Center. Thank you for your generosity!

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Donor Bill of Rights

PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use the donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in it stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.


Tax Information


Federal Tax ID #: 91-2161592

The Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington is a certified 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit organization as defined by the IRS Group Determination of 1946 for the Roman Catholic Church. Certified organizations must provide the current IRS Group Ruling letter and their listing in the Official Catholic Directory to verify tax exempt status.

Certified annually, the IRS Group Ruling letter can be found here: USCCB Office of the General Council

Our listing in the Official Catholic Directory can be found here: Official Catholic Directory page

Verification of our EIN/Tax ID # by the IRS can be found here: IRS Verification Letter

Donations are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Disclaimer: Newman does not advise on any personal income tax requirements or issues. Use of any information from this site or any other web site referred to is for general information only and does not represent personal tax advice either express or implied. You are encouraged to seek professional tax advice for personal income tax questions and assistance.

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