Campaign for CSE2: The Wilma Bradley Matching Challenge

To help the Allen School complete fundraising for a second building, long-time CSE friend Wilma Bradley will double all new gifts to CSE2.

Wilma BradleyWilma first became interested in CSE after attending the UW Annual Faculty Lecture given by professor Ed Lazowska in 1996. Since then she has become a close friend to Ed and to the Allen School, and also a generous supporter – she has created an Endowed Fellowship and an Endowed Chair.

A lifelong learner and generous philanthropist, Wilma is passionate about creating opportunity for future generations to receive a top-quality education in CSE and continue her legacy of creating opportunity through their own generosity. To encourage recent alums to engage philanthropically with their alma mater, she created the Wilma Bradley Matching Challenge, which launched in February 2017. Thanks to Wilma and the many recent graduates who participated in the match, we are $1.2M closer to reaching the $110M goal for CSE2.

Now that we’re close to reaching our fundraising goal, Wilma has extended this generous matching challenge to provide everyone with the opportunity to make the new Allen School building a reality. All new gifts and pledges to CSE2 will receive 1:1 match of up to $50k per household. Everyone is eligible.

Why support a second building for the Allen School?

There are many reasons why CSE2 is a great investment of your philanthropic dollars:

  • Student demand is skyrocketing: CSE is now the #1 preferred major among entering freshmen. CSE must turn away two-thirds of qualified students who apply to the major. With CSE2, we will have the space to double our annual degree production.
  • Industry demand is extraordinary: It’s no secret that the tech industry continues to grow, and with it, the demand for top-quality graduates in computer science and computer engineering.
  • The Paul G. Allen Center is full to overflowing: CSE2 will provide new classrooms, more research space, a state-of-the-art robotics lab, a maker space, and an undergraduate commons that will foster a sense of community and be a home away from home for our students.

CSE2 is about more than bricks and mortar — it’s about opportunity. Gifts and pledges to CSE2 will ensure that more Washington students will have the opportunity to get a first-rate computer science education. Tech companies in Washington and beyond will have the opportunity to recruit more terrific graduates from our top-ranked program. Researchers and future entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to make an even greater impact on the lives of people around the world. With the Wilma Bradley Matching Challenge, our entire community has the opportunity to double its impact and partner in the next phase of the Allen School’s growth.


  • All gifts and pledges to CSE2 made after May 17, 2017 will automatically be matched until June 30, 2017, or the funds are depleted (whichever comes first). If you’ve already made a gift or pledge to CSE2 — thank you! Your generosity has gotten us to this point and we’re so grateful. In order to provide everyone with the opportunity to participate, gifts and pledges made before May 17, 2017 will not be retroactively matched. Anyone who makes a new gift/pledge after May 17, 2017 will automatically receive the match.
  • Everyone qualifies. Participants do not have to be alumni of the Allen School to receive matching funds. Gifts and pledges from staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the Allen School qualify for the match.
  • There is no minimum gift or pledge size to qualify for matching funds.
  • No additional steps are required to receive the match — all new gifts and pledges will be matched automatically.
  • Corporate matching can qualify for Wilma Bradley Matching, if the corporate funds are indicated on a separate pledge form for a one-time gift or included in a multi-year pledge. More information below.
  • Each household is eligible for up to $50,000 in matching funds.
  • Matching funds will automatically be assigned at the time gifts and pledge forms are received, on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • To qualify for the Bradley Challenge, gifts and pledges must be made by June 30, 2017, or before the matching funds are depleted (whichever comes first).

    Leveraging Corporate Matching Funds

    Donors who would like their corporate match included in the amount matched by the Wilma Bradley Matching Challenge must include the anticipated corporate match on a pledge form.

    To receive matching of the anticipated corporate match for a one-time gift, submit a separate pledge form indicating the anticipated corporate match amount.

    To receive matching for a multi-year pledge, include the anticipated corporate match in the total amount pledged on the pledge form.

    Pledge forms do not create a legal obligation for the donor or the corporation. If a donor loses corporate matching eligibility during the life of the pledge, s/he may donate the anticipated corporate match amount individually or adjust the pledge total. For additional information, or assistance completing the pledge form, please contact Erin Walker, CSE’s Associate Director for Advancement, at lewalker(at)

    Donor Recognition

    CSE2 recognition minimums apply to the total gift amount, including Bradley Challenge match:

    CSE2 Donor Wall Listing ($50K minimum): $25K donor pledge (including possible corporate match) + $25K Bradley Challenge match

    CSE2 Faculty Office Naming ($100K minimum): $50K donor pledge (including possible corporate match) + $50K Bradley Challenge match

    For example, a donor will be listed on the CSE2 Donor Wall with a pledge of $5K/year for 5 years:

          $25,000 Total donor pledge (can include corporate match)
       + $25,000 Bradley Challenge match
       = $50,000 CSE2 Donor Wall Listing Minimum

    Questions? Email Halbe Dougherty-Wood, Director of Advancement, at