Forward in Faith - The Campaign for Concordia came to an historic close on December 31, 2020. We thank you – and most importantly, the Lord – for the abundant blessings that have been shared with Concordia's students. Over 10,000 donors participated in the Campaign and propelled us over the $85M campaign goal. Stay tuned for exciting announcements later this month as we reveal the final campaign total. To God be the Glory!

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Dear Friends of Concordia University Irvine,

Ever since its humble beginnings in 1976, Concordia has faithfully looked forward to what God has planned for the university. We remember when there was only one building sitting atop a hill in Irvine… Today, we are excited that Concordia is boldly stepping Forward in Faith with an $85M fundraising campaign that will propel Concordia to national prominence and enable it to fulfill its mission in even more effective ways.

With God’s steady hand guiding it, Concordia’s future is bright! That’s why we are personally committed to giving students the best Concordia Experience. The Forward in Faith Campaign will build new facilities, strengthen academic resources, sustain top notch co-curricular programs, increase scholarship support and provide for a lasting legacy through Concordia’s endowment.

The vision is bold: to transform not only the campus, but also its students and God’s Kingdom.

First and foremost, we ask for your prayers. We ask for your support. Join us as we shape the future of Concordia University Irvine. Partner with us as we continue moving Forward in Faith.

Faithfully in His Service,

Paul & Cathy Schroeder

Paul & Cathy Schroeder
Campaign Co-Chairs

Campaign Goal

$85 Million

By God’s grace and the generous support of our donors, we are already well on our way with the fundraising goals set forth in the Forward in Faith campaign. Over $70M has been raised as of October 2018. Please check back for fundraising updates, as we will be excited to share progress with each of the following initiatives.

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Music, Worship & Theology building renderings

Borland-Manske Center

Music, Worship & Theology Building

$30M Goal - 97% Funded


The Borland-Manske Center, comprised of the Music Wing and the Christ College Wing, will be a space where students and faculty are equipped and inspired to lead God’s people in music, worship, and theology.

NCAA D2 Sports

Giving Student-Athletes a Competitive Advantage

Eagle Athletics

$4M Goal - 91% Funded


In 2017, Concordia completed its transition to NCAA Division II. To give our student athletes the best experience possible, and the competitive advantage, the university will embark on several athletic facilities upgrades.

Academic Support & Student Experience

Learning in the Classroom and Beyond

Academic Support & Student Experience

$8M Goal - 128% Funded


Learning doesn’t always happen in a classroom. Co-curricular programs support a holistic student experience, enriching their academic life and providing students with hands-on experiences and skills that employers want.

Still Accepting Gifts!

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Annual Fund

Securing the Concordia Experience

Annual Fund

$14M Goal - 109% Funded


Investing in the Annual Fund gives Concordia the flexibility to direct your donation to where it is needed most – benefitting our students through student aid, technology, lab equipment, research opportunities and much more!

Still Accepting Gifts!

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Endowment Funds Sustain Concordia’s Mission

Endowment & Estate Gifts

$29M Goal - 135% Funded


An endowment funds your passion in perpetuity. The annual investment earnings from the endowment go to support student aid, research initiatives, academic pursuits, technology, student experiences—or other initiatives the investor wishes to support long term.

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Moving Forward in Faith - a History of CUI

Over the past 40 years, God has done great things here. Things that impacted His Kingdom for good, things that changed our community for the better. This story that began in Irvine, with your grandparents, and your parents, belongs to all of us. We have seen God’s steady hand in the people, places, and passions that have brought Concordia to where it is today. Because it’s always been about Christ and our calling to make disciples.

  1. Classes Begin

    Classes begin for the first academic year in the single-building campus with 36 students, 5 faculty members and 2 staff members.

  2. We Break Ground

    Construction begins for the Founders Hall (classrooms and labs) and Alpha Building (Residence Hall) and is completed in the same year.

  3. WASC Accreditation

    Christ College earns full academic accreditation from the Western Alliance of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  4. The Campus Expands

    Sports Arena and Hallerberg Multi-purpose Center construction completed.

  5. Worship & Performing Arts find a home

    Library and the Center for Worship and the Performing Arts construction completed.

  6. A New Name

    Christ College Irvine becomes Concordia University Irvine, the tenth campus in the national Concordia University System that was formed by the LCMS in 1992.

  7. A Place for Students to Gather

    Rodney Lawrence Grimm Memorial Student Union construction completed.

  8. The John Templeton Honor Roll

    Concordia is listed in the John Templeton Honor Roll of Character-building Colleges.

  9. First Endowed Chair Established

    First Endowed Chair established: Harry and Caroline Trembath Chair of Confessional Theology.

  10. NAIA Basketball Champions

    Men's Basketball wins the NAIA Division I Championship.

  11. Robert Alan Grimm Hall

    Robert Alan Grimm Hall completed and dedicated in March.

  12. Core Curriculum Introduced

    Concordia unveils The Core Curriculum, its innovative general education program. Later, the core curriculum is titled Q & I for Enduring Questions & Ideas.

  13. Spectrum Center Breaks Ground

    Ribbon cutting ceremony at new Concordia University Spectrum Center location.

  14. NCAA DII

    Concordia Completes Membership Requirements for NCAA DII

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