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Autumn 2003 | Volume 26, Number 4 | Campaign
Closing the Gap

$6.75 Million Remains To Be Raised in Final Year

The Campaign for Seattle Pacific University, there is strong momentum heading down the stretch.

In October, President Eaton addressed Washington, D.C., alumni, friends and prospective students about “The Big Choice: The Story of Higher Education Today.”
Forty million dollars — three-quarters of the unprecedented $52.85 million Campaign goal — has been received to date by the SPU fund-raising staff and its volunteer team. Several other major individual gifts are currently in the works. Of the record 45 grant proposals SPU made to corporations and foundations in the past year, a number have resulted in significant gifts, and several more are in the final decision stage.

The challenging news is that there remains a gap of approximately $6.75 million to be raised before The Campaign can be declared a complete success (see the chart below).

"SPU has been blessed with phenomenal support, especially given the soft economic environment,” says Campaign Chair Bruce Walker, chairman and co-owner of Valco Graphics in Seattle. “To be approaching 75–80 percent of such a sizable goal at the beginning of The Campaign’s final year is a real tribute to those who believe in SPU’s mission.”

The commitment of all Seattle Pacific supporters — alumni, friends, faculty and staff — is still needed. “The ability to close the $6.75 million gap rests heavily on our closest friends,” explains Bob McIntosh, vice president for university advancement. “Every gift, no matter the size, will help us reach our fi nal goal.”

There are several opportunities for people to make gifts before the close of The Campaign. Pledge cards will be available for those who attend the upcoming regional events in California, Colorado and Washington. Gifts may be made over the phone at 866/778-2638, or online by visiting The Campaign Web site at Checks may also be mailed directly to The Campaign for Seattle Pacifi c University, 3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 304, Seattle, Washington, 98119. In all cases, donors have the option of designating their support for a particular Campaign initiative such as The Science Initiative, The Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development Initiative, The Endowment Initiative or The University Fund Initiative.

" We have a great deal of momentum,” says SPU President Philip Eaton, who will have visited 11 states and spoken to 5,000 people during The Campaign, conveying his enthusiasm for the University’s vision. “Demand for a Seattle Pacifi c education has never been higher. Our academic programs have never been stronger. Our facilities have never been better. Now we need to keep that momentum going and push The Campaign for Seattle Pacific University over the top.

“It’s important to remember, though, that our ultimate goal is not to raise funds,” he continues. “Our goal is to increase SPU’s ability to engage the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to change the world. I hope every alum and friend of Seattle Pacific will join us in this grand effort.”


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