Red Winged Leadership Award

Organized by students in Albers' Graduate Leadership Formation program, the Red Winged Leadership Award recognizes individuals who possess three specific attributes: Leadership, business acumen, and social responsibility. By blending all three, past winners have created initiatives and solutions that have had a positive impact on multiple communities and stakeholders.


One such example is 2019's top recipient, Seattle Police Department Officer Jim Ritter. In 2014, Ritter conceptualized the idea for SPD Safe Place, a program designed to address low reporting of anti-LGBTQ crimes and school bullying incidents.


Over 6,000 Seattle businesses now carry the SPD Safe Place decal at their entrances, indicating that they will call 911 on a victim's behalf and offer a safe place to stay until police arrive. In 2018, SPD Safe Place expanded to service victims of all bias crimes, endeavoring to build trust in law enforcement and a sense of safety in the community. 


Your contribution through SU Gives helps amplify the Red Winged Leadership Awards and awardees' achievements to a larger audience. The awards ceremony this year takes place on April 8, at the Campion Ballroom. It also marks the tenth year of this distinctive program.

Albers Red Winged Leadership Award Challenge
If we reach 20 gifts for the Red Winged Leadership Award, it will unlock $500.
20 / 20 Gifts
Board of Regents Match: SU Fund
Thank you to the Board of Regents for their generous match that resulted in $10,410 for the SU Fund!
$10,410 MATCHED
BONUS Albers Accounting Lab Challenge
We reached our first goal of raising $4,000 for the Albers Accounting Lab to unlock an additional $500! If we raise an additional $3,000 for the Albers Accounting Lab, it will unlock an additional $500.
$3,000 / $3,000 Raised
BONUS Red Winged Leadership Award Challenge
We reached our first goal of 20 gifts raised for the Red Winged Leadership Award to unlock $500! If we reach an additional 20 gifts, it will unlock another $500.
20 / 20 Gifts
New Donor Match
Thank you to the Alumni Board of Governors who sponsored a $1,119 match for first time donors!
$1,119 MATCHED
Parents and Guardians Gift Challenge
Thanks to the generosity of our Redhawk Parent and Family Leadership Council, a challenge gift of $2,700 to the Catalyst Fund for Student Success and Engagement will be unlocked after 100 parents/guardians make a gift to any area during Seattle U Gives. The Catalyst Fund empowers Student Development staff to strengthen existing programs and respond with innovative initiatives to help meet students’ social, intellectual and spiritual needs. Examples are the Emergency Needs Fund for our most financially challenged students and the Food Pantry for students experiencing food insecurity.
100 / 100 Gifts
Affinity Giving
Giving by relationship to Seattle U
What is your relationship to SU?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Friend of the University 525
2 Alum 519
3 Parent/Guardian of Student 445
4 Current Student 367
5 Faculty/Staff 291
6 Parent/Guardian of Alum 121
7 Current Faculty or Staff 88
8 Retired Faculty or Staff 12
Area Giving
Gifts by Seattle U college, area or initiative
Rank College, Area or Initiative Gifts
1 Men's Soccer 259
2 Track and Field & Cross Country 204
3 Women's Soccer 189
4 Softball 164
5 Center for Community Engagement 164
6 Spirit Squad 148
7 Women's Rowing 120
8 Men's Basketball 119
9 Men's and Women's Swimming 114
10 Red Winged Leadership Award 76
11 Men's and Women's Golf 71
12 School of Law 71
13 College of Arts and Sciences 68
14 Center for Science and Innovation 57
15 SU Fund 57
16 Indigenous Peoples Institute 54
17 Baseball 50
18 Women's Basketball 48
19 Volleyball 48
20 Albers Accounting Lab 47
21 Annual Scholarship Fund 47
22 Fostering Scholars 47
23 College of Nursing 46
24 RAMP-up 45
25 College of Education 44
26 Mens and Women's Tennis 42
27 Redhawk Club 33
28 Office of Multicultural Affairs 32
29 Sports Medicine & Strength and Conditioning 26
30 Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability 22
31 Wellness and Health Promotion 20
32 KXSU 102.1 FM 18
33 Women of SU Endowed Scholarship 17
34 Center for Student Involvement 16
35 SU Youth Initiative Scholarship 13
36 School of New and Continuing Studies 12
37 STEM Diversity Fund 10
38 School of Theology and Ministry 6
39 Seattle University Opportunity Grant 6
40 Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons 3
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