Lilo Lamerdin, William Sacherek, John Perkins, and his daughter Priscilla Perkins (left to right)

“My prayer with these paintings is that no matter how obscure you think you are, you are going to change the world.”

— SPU donor William Sacherek

He and his wife, Lilo Lamerdin, donated two rare paintings by Charles Porter in appreciation for the work of Seattle Pacific’s John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development. Learn more about their story in SPU’s Response magazine.

When Seattle residents Gary and Barbara Ames heard of the many diversity plans already in place at SPU in 2002, they decided to help. The Ames, who have a passion for creating opportunities for ethnic minority students to go to college and become future leaders in their churches and communities, met with former President Philip Eaton and created the Ames Initiative on Diversity.

"We believe very strongly that everyone benefits from a diverse environment," says Gary Ames, former president and CEO of USWest Communications. "We hope the funds will allow SPU to launch a broader effort in the area of diversity."

One legacy of the Ames donation is the Ames Scholarship, which helps support traditionally underrepresented students of color. There are 60 Ames alumni — some are in medical school, law school, or graduate school, while others are working in nonprofit organizations, K–12 education, healthcare, and high tech. 

Watch a video about Ames scholars.

Gary and Barbara Ames with the 2016-17 Ames Scholar recipients

President Dan Martin (back row second to right), and Gary Ames (back row left) and Barbara Ames (first row right) Ames, with the 2016 Ames Scholars.

Ways to give

There are many ways to make an investment in Seattle Pacific University. Whatever method you choose, be sure to tell us where you wish your gift to be directed.

Here are some specific ways to give:

John Perkins Center

A gift to the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development helps to inspire global urban leaders, organizations, and institutions to engage the culture and change the world by modeling reconciliation that leads to healthy and whole communities.

Ames Initiative

A gift to the Ames Initiative on Diversity helps support scholarships, faculty mentoring, and vocational guidance for minority students.

University Fund

A gift to the University Fund is an investment in the lives of all SPU students, helping to keep an SPU education within reach through scholarships, as well as supporting learning technologies in the classroom, growing outstanding academic programs, and enhancing service opportunities.

  • Give online.
  • Make a call. Call 206-281-2063 to make an immediate gift to SPU.
  • Mail a check to:

    University Advancement
    Seattle Pacific University
    3307 Third Avenue W. Suite #304
    Seattle, WA 98119-1997

  • SPU employees: Make a gift through payroll deduction.
Mikaela Wilburn

Ames Scholar Makaela Wilburn

When her family faced financial trouble, Student Financial Services made it possible for Ames Scholar Makaela Wilburn ’15 to stay at SPU.

Tali Hairston

“There is nothing more important than equipping young people who will become reconcilers and help transform our community. To do this requires partnerships. At the Perkins Center, we join together with others all across our city to model reconciliation and contribute to community health and wholeness.”

— Tali Hairston, Director, John Perkins Center