Seattle University encourages the designation of your gift to the program on campus that means the most to you including the Seattle University Fund, scholarships, athletics, student development, and each of our colleges and departments. To help you decide which area of the university you would most like to support, we’ve provided information on several of the most popular gift designations below.

Seattle University Fund

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The Seattle University Fund is a vital resource that helps to meet the university’s ongoing need for flexible, unrestricted income to uphold our mission and to support the immediate needs of our students. Gifts designated for this fund are used on a daily basis to strengthen the university and to maintain our standard of excellence.

Breakdown of Gifts to the Seattle University Fund:

Seattle University Fund breakdown - Student Services 23%, Instructional Support 28%, Student Scholarships 49%

Support for the Seattle University Fund, at any level, makes a difference in the lives of students and to the future of SU. Please make your gift to the SU Fund today by visiting our secure online giving form.

Annual Scholarship Fund

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Gifts to the Annual Scholarship Fund provide the university with the resources needed to maintain our promise of making a college education a reality for many deserving students. The ability to offer generous financial aid packages helps Seattle University attract the kind of students we are known for—students who are capable and committed to making a difference in their professions and communities.

More than 80% of current SU students receive financial aid to help fund their education.

Seattle University also offers a unique opportunity to individuals who would like to establish a named annual scholarship. By making a commitment of $2,500 or more each year for five years or more, you can establish a “named” annual scholarship. If you would like to speak with someone about setting up a named annual scholarship, please call the Office of Annual Giving at 206-296-6301.

The Annual Scholarship Fund welcomes ongoing and one-time gifts of all sizes. Complete the university’s secure online giving form and make a difference in the lives of students today by contributing to scholarships.

Athletics Programs

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Seattle University athletics are an important part of our commitment to educating the whole person, to professional formation and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world. Athletics are also a big part of students’ overall "Redhawk Experience" at SU! Our recent move back to Division I competition is intended to create a better athletic experience for our student-athletes. The move signaled a return to the big leagues of intercollegiate play and elevates the caliber of our athletics to match that of our academics.

The transition from Division II to Division I—the highest level in NCAA competition—applies to all sports, from basketball and softball to track and field, tennis and volleyball. In returning to Division I, Seattle University is committed to providing an exciting, spirited source of campus pride for our students, alumni and the community--as well as a competitive and well-balanced environment for our student-athletes.

There are many ways for you to show your support for our 320 student-athletes on our 20 Men's & Women's Athletic teams:

  • You can join the Redhawk Club by making a gift on our secure online giving site to generously support the team of your choice or the overall athletics program.
  • You can purchase tickets to upcoming games, including getting your season pass to Men's Basketball home games in KeyArena and the Connolly Complex, by calling our ticket office at (206) 296-2835.
  • You can visit the Seattle U athletics website to learn more about each team, including game schedules and coaches' blogs, and learn about upcoming athletics events near you.

Please contact John Dougherty at or call 206-296-2829 to find out how you can make a difference in the lives of Seattle University Student-Athletes.

School & College & Program Designation

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Seattle University offers the option of designating your gift to the program on campus that means the most to you, including each of our colleges, departments, scholarships, student organizations, athletics and the Seattle University Fund. If you would like to support a specific program at Seattle University, see our most popular designations listed on our secure online giving form. You can also write in your preferred area of support on your check or in the comments section on the online form.

If you would like to speak with someone about additional giving opportunities, please visit our contact us page for a list of University Advancement staff.

You can also call (206) 296-6301 and ask to speak with someone about making a gift to the area of your choice.


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Endowments are a powerful financial tool for creating a legacy that promotes the mission, vision and values of Seattle University. This tool helps the university maintain a competitive edge in attracting and retaining students and faculty and enables our schools, colleges and programs to grow and innovate in perpetuity.

Whatever your interest, there is an area at Seattle University that will benefit from an endowment.

If you choose to establish a named endowed fund to benefit SU, it may be designated for scholarships, program or activity support, or faculty professorship and chair positions. University Advancement staff will work with you to establish fund guidelines and to discuss the most beneficial and tax-wise giving strategies. Endowed funds can be established and named with the amounts below.

Gifts of $50K or more may establish an endowment.

* Minimum may be higher depending on college and school salary and funding levels.

For more information on establishing an endowed fund, please contact Greg Ross, Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship at (206) 220-8476 or