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Types of Giving

You have many ways to make an impact. No matter which you choose, your contribution transforms lives, promotes equity, and increases access to quality, affordable education.

Employee Giving

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 make a difference. Employees may make one-time gifts or set up recurring gifts. When all Seattle Colleges employees contribute, we inspire others to invest in student success.

Payroll deductions make it easy to break down an annual contribution into smaller payments spaced throughout the year. Setting up an automatic payroll deduction is simple.

Planned Giving – Wills, Trusts, Stocks, Assets

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.

We recommend you consult with your legal and financial advisors to learn how planned giving will affect you.

Corporate and Foundation Giving

Seattle Colleges partners with corporations, institutions, and public and private foundations in a wide variety of ways. Together we increase student success and build a highly skilled workforce.

We look forward to expanding both the number and the quality of relationships with local, regional, and national corporate, institutional, and foundation partners. We will work to identify opportunities at locations across our colleges and specialty centers that match our partners’ strengths, interests, and priorities.

From establishing scholarships to volunteer-led career panels, guest lectures, curriculum development, specialized grants and matching gifts, we welcome the opportunity for meaningful engagement. Contact us to discuss your ideas.


Establishing a permanent, named endowment fund provides a long lasting investment in educational success. Endowed funds may be established with a minimum $25,000 investment. Endowments may be established for scholarships, unrestricted use, capital projects, or other purposes. When creating your endowment, we work with you to identify your philanthropic goals and maximize the impact of your gift.

For more information on starting an endowment, contact us.

In-Kind Gifts and Donated Items

Nonmonetary or “in-kind” gifts – such as equipment, software, machinery, vehicles, and tools – build skills and promote academic success. These gifts help our diverse academic and training programs keep pace with changing technology and equipment needs and provide innovative training opportunities to our students.

If you are interested in making an in-kind gift to a program or college, please contact us to see if our programs are a good match.

Matching Gifts

Multiply the impact of your donation with a matching gift from your employer. Many employers also match donations for volunteer hours. To find out if your employer offers a matching gift program, contact your human resources department.