University Advancement

Our world needs people of professional competence and Christian character, serving in all sectors of society: health care, business, government, education, and more. Your gifts to SPU educate and equip students to serve now and in the future.

How donor gifts are making an impact

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SPU scholarships help students reach their goals

Growing up in the church and serving on mission trips helped Eloisa, Class of 2024, develop a heart for service. As an SPU student, she volunteers at a food bank and tutors students as a teaching assistant. A physiology major, she has a goal of attending medical school after graduation.

Eloisa knows her time at Seattle Pacific is possible because of the generous scholarship support she receives and the investment it represents in her life and future “My scholarship helps show me that people have faith in what I’m trying to do, and it also helps give me confidence that SPU was the right choice,” she said. “It’s hard going through such an academically challenging major. My scholarships show me that the dreams I have are attainable because others believe in me as well.”

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A Giving Day 2024 thank you!

Each April, Seattle Pacific donors join us for our annual Giving Day — a 24-hour online fundraising event to raise support for the SPU areas they love. This year, on April 3, hundreds of Seattle Pacific University supporters came together to make a difference for SPU students with hundreds of generous gifts.

Supporters like you chose from over 30 areas of campus to support during a 24-hour period. And donations unlocked several challenges — creating and even larger impact in areas such as Athletics, spiritual formation, academic programs, and more. To learn more about Giving Day 2024, visit

Donor stories

Steve Danishek and Dee Tezelli

Steve Danishek and Dee Tezelli: Scaling new heights

Dee, a prolific author, along with her husband, Steve, chose to honor the memory of their son by establishing an endowment scholarship to encourage students honing writing abilities and talents. Read their story.

Bill and Sue Osborne

Bill and Sue Osborne: Giving the Gift of Surprise

Bill and Sue Osborne created two endowed scholarships, both of which are close to their hearts — one to support Seattle Pacific’s library, the other to fund teacher education scholarships. Read their story.

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More donor stories: Inspirational and faithful giving

Meet others who give to Seattle Pacific University. Discover the unique and inspiring ways they have chosen to make a difference in the lives of students and the University through their financial gifts. Read more stories.

University Advancement by the numbers

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SPU students receiving scholarships and aid

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Employers who offer matching gifts that can double, or triple, your gift to SPU

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Number of households who were President’s Circle members in the 2022–23 school year