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Uncommon Good

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2021

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Thank you for your support of
The Campaign for the Uncommon Good!


The Campaign for the Uncommon Good moved thousands of alumni, friends and community members to be a force for good. Together, we are making a positive difference for Seattle University students and the future of the university. Your gifts and support helped us not only meet, but exceed, Seattle University’s most ambitious fundraising goal. Thanks to you, we are amplifying the good we’re already doing and expanding into areas that will have the broadest and most enduring impact. The Campaign for the Uncommon Good will further position Seattle University as one of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking Jesuit universities for igniting human potential and forming leaders of purpose and impact.


We are celebrating the uncommon good across our campus. This includes providing equity for all and access to education for each and every academically successful student, a unique combination of the humanities and sciences that educate the whole person and lead to improving the human condition and an enduring Jesuit mission that’s as future-focused as it is foundational. Your gifts to the Campaign for the Uncommon Good are essential to this next chapter in our journey as we continue empowering champions for a just, inclusive and sustainable world.



Mission & Programs




Center for Science & Innovation


Gifts to the campaign


New Legacy Society members


Endowments created

Campaign Priorities

Uncommon Good begins here. Your gifts are helping Seattle University build a better future for all in three primary ways:



Over 6,700 donors supported equal access to a quality education for students seeking to shape their future. 121 new endowed scholarships are providing scholarship funding for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing their college dreams. These scholarships provide more year-after-year funding to students, helping them stay in school and complete their degrees with less post-graduation debt.



The Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation will provide greater opportunities for students to conduct cutting-edge research and work on projects in cross-disciplinary collaboration, learning to think critically and analytically in spaces designed for innovation. The Sinegal Center positions Seattle U to graduate future generations of leaders, grounded in ethics, for a technology-driven, ever-changing world.

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Over $121 million was raised to support mission-oriented programs and centers, such as the Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. Center for Community Engagement, the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Mission and Ministry and Student Development programs.

Your Impact

Our students, faculty, and alumni carry our mission through our campus, region, and beyond. They exemplify the full force and intention of the Campaign for Uncommon Good through their service, academics, and careers. Discover how gifts to the Campaign for the Uncommon Good are enabling them to do more and ever more, every day and everywhere.

Hameed Makttoof, '20

Taking a Risk and Finding Purpose

Calling the Fostering Scholars program a “gift from God,” Hameed's story exemplifies the power of determination and perseverance reinforced by cura personalis, the Jesuit value of care for the whole body.

Jason Oliver, '00

Giving Back to the Community and His Alma Mater

“Seattle University is a place of love where I received the same thing my family gave to me—a foundation built on love and support and a compass to guide me through life.”    

Ezra Teshome, '75

Grateful Heart Repays Education Through Service and Jesuit Values

Having left Ethiopia with money for tuition but little else, this trustee was afforded an education with the support of Seattle U and continues to pay it forward through service.

Brenda Christensen, '81

Creating Her Own Path

When Brenda was growing up in rural Minnesota, being a Girl Scout gave her a way to experience new people and places. A scholarship to study in Italy set her on the path to become a global technology pioneer

Aerica Shimizu Banks, '10

Rising Scholar: Making a Difference

A vibrant leader and advocate for underrepresented communities, she has worked both in and alongside government to drive sustainable change for communities of color and women.