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

SPU student Eloise

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.”

Spring 2024 Thank You Dinner

Special thanks to President’s Circle members

This spring, President Deana Porterfield invited President’s Circle members to the Seattle Pacific University campus for a special Spring Thank You Dinner. She shared this year’s theme, “God Is Doing a New Thing,” anchored in Isaiah 43:15–19, and concluded the dinner with an award presentation in recognition of all our faithful donors who stand with SPU and care for our students through generous and faithful giving.

Members of the President’s Circle commit to giving leadership-level gifts on an annual basis. By joining one of Seattle Pacific University’s giving societies, you become part of a community of dedicated individuals who have come together to invest in the future of SPU students. Learn more here about how you can participate in this important work.

Donor stories

Jay Morgensen and a scholarship recipient

Jay Morgensen: Empowering Women

Teaching English in China, Jay Morgensen '68 saw education changing lives, especially for young women. Now he funds a scholarship endowment to assist female undergraduates from China or Southeast Asia. Read his story.

Daryl and Claudia Vander Pol

Daryl and Claudia Vander Pol: Investing in Student Athletes

Avid SPU Athletics supporters, Daryl and Claudia Vander Pol, both Class of 1966, have aided student athletes over the years, including gifting the Women’s Rowing team two new racing shells. Read their story.

Alexander and Adelaide Hall t SPU

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