Campaign for CSE2: The Wilma Bradley Matching Challenge

If you are a UW CSE bachelor’s alum who received your degree between 2006 and 2016, a gift from you in support of the CSE2 building will be doubled through the generosity of long-time CSE friend Wilma Bradley

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 CSE, 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 to continue her legacy of creating opportunity through their own generosity. To encourage recent alums to engage philanthropically with their alma mater, Wilma has created the Wilma Bradley Matching Challenge.

Wilma has made a $1 million pledge to challenge recent CSE alums to support a second building for UW CSE (CSE2) and expand opportunities for future students. The Bradley Challenge will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of multi-year pledges (gifts payable over 3 to 5 years) that total $5,000-$50,000.

Suppose you make a 5-year pledge of $2,500/year (2 lattes/day). The Bradley Challenge will match this dollar-for-dollar — your gift will total $25,000. If you work for Microsoft, Google, Apple, or another company with a generous corporate gift matching program, your $2,500/year will be matched by the company, and this total will be matched by the Bradley Challenge — your gift will total $50,000! (A 5-year pledge of as little as $1000/year will be doubled by the Bradley Challenge — $500/year of personal funds if corporate matching is involved.)

Why support a new CSE building?

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. 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 recent alums have the opportunity to double their impact and become partners in the next phase of CSE’s growth.


  • Participants must be UW CSE bachelor’s alums who received their degree between 2006 and 2016.
  • Gifts must be made in the form of 3-5 year pledges totaling a minimum of $5,000, using the Wilma Bradley Matching Challenge Pledge Form.
  • Pledges must come from a single donor household.
  • Up to $50,000 of the pledged amount per donor household is eligible for the match. Corporate matching funds qualify for the Bradley Challenge if they are included on the pledge form (see below).
  • Matching funds will be assigned at the time pledge forms are received on a first-come-first-served basis.

To qualify for the Bradley Challenge, pledges must be made by June 30, 2017, or before the matching funds are depleted (whichever comes first).

  • Pledges already made by qualifying alums between July 1 and now will automatically be matched. (If the Bradley Challenge inspires you to increase your pledge in order to collect even more match, contact Erin Walker - email below.)
  • One-time gifts already made between July 1 and now that are at or above the $5,000 threshold will also be automatically matched. (If the Bradley Challenge inspires you to extend your one-time gift into a multi-year pledge in order to collect even more match, contact Erin Walker - email below.)
  • Smaller one-time gifts made between July 1 and now can be counted as the first year of a multi-year pledge. (The standard pledge form doesn't easily accommodate this; contact Erin Walker - email below.)

Leveraging Corporate Matching Funds

Donors who are eligible for corporate matching should specify the anticipated corporate match amount on their pledge form to receive a Bradley Challenge match for the combined amount. 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.

Donor Recognition

CSE2 recognition minimums apply to the total gift amount, including corporate matching funds and the 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 Erin Walker, CSE's Associate Director for Advancement, at lewalker(at) for more information or for assistance in completing your pledge form.