Capital Campaign

What a Difference You Made

Celebrating the donors of the capital campaign

by Tina Potterf2009_winter_campaign_main

A sampling of among the 21,000 donors to the capital campaign.

Photo by Rajah Bose

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More than 21,000 generous contributors made Seattle University's capital campaign the most successful to date.

In extending his gratitude to the many who made a difference through their support and donations to Seattle University’s capital campaign, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., said, at the campaign’s conclusion, “To you all—our generous donors, volunteers, friends and supporters—thank you for your belief in this university, your commitment to our students, your leadership and for giving us this gift of opportunity.”

With the close of the six-year capital campaign For the Difference We Make, Seattle University celebrates a rousing achievement with $169 million raised thanks to the contributions of more than 21,000 donors. The capital campaign far exceeded its original fundraising goal of $150 million.

This level of success will transform the institution in the coming years.

“Our campaign has been a stunning achievement, not only in terms of dollars raised, but most importantly in terms of its impact on our students, faculty and Jesuit mission, and the greater community,” Father Sundborg says.

The benefits of this fundraising drive are far reaching. Funds will provide new scholarships for students, academic programs and professorships, facilities including the new library and learning commons, and endowed chairs.

Notably, $43 million was raised for student scholarships and $44 million for academic programs and initiatives. A centerpiece of capital projects funding is the $56 million Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, scheduled for completion next fall. Additionally, the campaign was instrumental in the renovation of Championship Field and Pigott Auditorium.

“This campaign, thanks to your unparalleled generosity, has enabled us to exceed our expectations and exceed our hopes,” Fr. Sundborg says. “And that is the gift you’ve truly given us, a gift of opportunity, a gift for the future, a gift that will endure.”

Why did you give to The Campaign for Seattle University: For the Difference We Make?

(pictured left to right)

David Rothrock, '91 [Principal, Meriwether Partners]
It is very apparent that Seattle University is pursuing excellence in so many important areas, from academics and social justice to environmental sustainability and a return to Division I. Our family is privileged to be part of the Seattle University community.

Cisco Malpartida Smith, ’06 [BECU]
Seattle University was a place where I grew up. I’ll always have a place in my heart for SU and want to give back.

Ashley Burns, ’06 [Marketing and Public Relations, Turner Construction Company]
We’ve all reached success on the backs of those before us, whether it’s giving time, talent or treasure. I’m honored to support future students in the same way I was supported when I was in school. No deserving student should ever have to forgo higher education because of money. I would not be where I am today without the scholarship support from Seattle University.

Ann Wyckoff [Trustee Emerita]
I support Seattle University because it is a “can do” kind of university and does make a real difference. I think it has fine leadership at all levels and a diverse student body that is motivated by SU’s mission of service to others. Seattle University is truly remarkable.

Carlene Buty, ’69 [Assistant VP/senior director Advancement Initiatives at SU]
We get a great deal of satisfaction from helping students receive a good education. We believe investing in the next generation will also provide the foundation for our country to prosper and for today’s students to excel as contributing citizens. What better way is there to leave a legacy for our youth?

Bernie and Joyce Steckler [Bernie is professor emeritus]
My wife, Joyce, and I have made other gifts to the university, including a Charitable Remainder Unitrust; we were eager to give to this campaign. Through continuing support, we will express our profound respect for the Jesuit educational mission, celebrate the ever-growing stature of the university’s academic offerings and achievements of its graduates, and shout out thanks for our opportunities to learn, teach and love in this richly enabling community. It does, indeed, make a difference!

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