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The Seattle Colleges Foundation supports the pursuit of higher education at any of the Seattle Colleges and enables excellence in teaching and learning. Your contributions fund scholarships, student support services, program and teaching excellence, and other strategic initiatives.
Consider the following categories to direct the impact of your gift.
If you have questions, you don’t see quite what you’re looking for, or you are considering leaving a legacy to the Seattle Colleges through an estate gift, please contact us and ask for one of our major gift officers.
Note: A gift management fee is levied on all gifts to ensure that operational support continues to inspire, steward, and inform donors who invest in student success, teaching and learning, and program excellence. Seattle Colleges Foundation does not sell, trade, or share donor information with any other organization.
Contributions to the districtwide Impact Fund support a number of priority initiatives that strengthen the three colleges and five specialty centers of Seattle Colleges. These priorities vary over time and align with the district’s strategic plan. A gift to this fund allows Seattle Colleges to be nimble and address the greatest needs, resulting in a significant impact.
Gifts to this fund ensure Seattle Colleges can sustain the Seattle Promise – two years of college education for all graduates of Seattle public high schools – today and in the future when the city of Seattle’s supporting education levy sunsets after its seven-year term. Learn more about Seattle Promise.
Scholarships remove financial barriers to college enrollment and reduce student debt while empowering students to achieve their career aspirations, building a stronger workforce, and strengthening our region.
Your gift sustains services that promote academic persistence and degree completion through tutoring; Seattle Pathways, intensive targeted advising and student support that make it easy for students to stay on track to graduate; emergency funding that covers students’ unexpected non-tuition expenses; and Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language programs.
Our quest to be a transformational and relevant educational force for our students and the region we serve is an institutional focus and priority. Your gifts strengthen and enhance our academic programs, directly affecting the student experience and ensuring our students are best prepared to excel in their chosen field. Gifts can be made districtwide or by college or specialty center.
Your gift empowers our faculty and staff to engage in the work of teaching, learning, and student support with passion, vision, and creativity. Contributions support professional development activities so we can serve our students and community even more effectively.
Other Options for Giving
Departments and programs across Seattle Colleges often work with us to raise funds over a short period of time for specific purposes directly related to their academic programs. These projects are certainly worthy of donations. Follow the link above for a current listing of these active fundraising projects.
In-kind gifts – such as equipment, software, machinery, vehicles, tools, or services – are another way to give. Such gifts intended for use by any of the Seattle Colleges require approval by the receiving program/department dean or director and the college president before they can be accepted by the foundation. If you would like to discuss making an in-kind gift, please contact us to see if our programs are a good match.
Faculty, staff, and other Seattle Colleges employees: In addition to your daily commitment to teaching and mentorship, you routinely go the extra mile to ensure our students’ success. Donations of any amount on a monthly basis make a difference. When Seattle Colleges employees contribute, we inspire others to invest in student success. Complete the form (located at our Forms Library under the heading Payroll Deduction Gift Form for Seattle Colleges Employees) and submit it to the Office of Advancement.
Planned giving, sometimes called legacy giving, allows you to make a contribution benefiting generations to come. Most often, a planned gift takes the form of a bequest in a donor’s will or living trust. Other planned giving opportunities include the donation of stocks and securities, real estate, retirement account balances, and life insurance. To maximize your gift’s impact, we will guide you through the process. Contact us to discuss your options. We recommend you consult with your legal and financial advisors to learn how planned giving will affect you.