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2020 Honor Roll of Donors
On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff, it is an honor to express our sincere appreciation to these individuals, companies, organizations, and churches. As partners in our ministry, they help make Concordia University Irvine one of America's finest regional liberal arts colleges. This Honor Roll of Donors reflects the value of gifts received July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
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As we look at the past fiscal year, despite the challenges set before us as a result of a global pandemic, we have much to celebrate. These pages list just some of the names of the people and institutions that gave so generously to support our University and its mission between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.
In any given year, these successes would be an amazing blessing. Given that Concordia was able to set records in a year that included its own presidential transition and all of the challenges of COVID-19, it is nothing short of a miracle. God truly has Concordia in His hands and is watching over us. Here are a few more highlights of the year.
As you look through this year’s Honor Roll, rejoice with us over what’s ahead as we move Forward in Faith. The foundation you have helped us to lay has become the launching pad for even greater things to come at Concordia University Irvine.
Learn how donors found a way to commit to their passion and share their heart with the Concordia community.
Bill and Audrey Dahlgren
God was so good to me,” Bill says. “In my early days I wasn’t able to give service to the church like I wanted, and I didn’t have money to do it, either. Now it’s payback time for me. I can do more things for the church that I couldn’t afford to or had no time to do earlier.
Chris ’04 and Katherine Pond ’05, CUI Alumni & Donors
Katherine and Chris work actively to prepare and connect students with job opportunities by asking CUI professors for recommendations of graduating students and paving the way for interviews at their companies. The result is that CUI students are in demand.
When you know there is something that really is needed, you become personally involved and that’s gratifying.” Phyllis was an athlete herself, in the 1940s. “I’ve always been interested in athletics, she says.
Caryn and Michael Borland, Christ College Irvine, 1985
When the Borlands heard about the need for support of a building designed to significantly improve the quality of experience music and theology students have at CUI, they were eager to help.
Elayne and Paul Lohr
Getting young people educated to go into various forms of ministry...was near and dear to Mom and Dad’s heart,” says their son Stuart. “One thing that provided them a lot of joy is when they financially supported a student, then went down and met the student on campus.
Kelly and Cheryl Keithly
Anything invested in the lives of students at Concordia is going to be blessed manifold over the generations as these students go out and use what they’ve been taught, whether in church work, school, business, medicine, engineering, whatever. They’re not just learning academics, they are learning a way of life.
The Concordia University Foundation established the Pacesetter Program as a means of recognizing and honoring donors who share the vision of this Christian University, which is dedicated to faithfulness to Christ Jesus and to academic excellence. A donor who has contributed $1,000 or more to any area on campus is recognized as a Pacesetter. For this support, the students, staff, faculty, alumni, campus regents, trustees and volunteer leaders are eternally grateful.
The Friends of Concordia raise funds for the university that complement funding from other sources. Donors are recognized and honored for sharing the vision of a Christian University dedicated to faithfulness and excellence. Gifts are used to support a variety of needs on campus.
Concordia is grateful for these dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talents to support the university and its mission.
The following churches and religious organizations shared their blessings with the University during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Members include those friends of the university who have remembered Concordia University Irvine in their estate plans or who have set up a life income agreement with Concordia as the beneficiary.
During 2019-2020, gifts were received from the following estates.
With a thankful heart, these alumni have blessed their alma mater with a gift in 2019-2020. Those alumni who have multiple degrees from Concordia are listed under their first degree year, with any additional degrees noted.
The following companies and organizations, often at the direction of a committed friend of the university, have blessed Concordia University Irvine with a gift in 2019-2020.
These friends of the university were called to glory, or we learned of their passing, during the 2019-2020 academic year. This is probably not an exhaustive list so we regret any ommission.
Special gifts were given in recognition of the following individuals.
The following endowments provide a lasting legacy for the university by funding scholarships, programs, and faculty positions.
The Music Patrons support academic excellence and the Lutheran tradition of music at Concordia University Irvine. We are grateful to these donors.
The Theatre Patrons support academic excellence and theatrical activities at Concordia University and we are grateful to the following donors.
The Art Patrons support academic excellence and the visual arts at Concordia University and we are grateful to the following donors.
These faithful donors support the tradition of excellence in Eagle Athletics at Concordia University Irvine, helping us be competitive in NCAA Division II athletics.
This dynamic joint venture opportunity enables donors to invest and become involved with the School of Business & Economics. The goal is to bring together the business community and the university to foster mutually-beneficial educational and economic progress. Annual members support scholarships for business students, executive sessions and workshops, faculty research and real-time instruction to meet future business leadership demands.
In addition to their time and their talents, Concordia University Irvine is blessed to have dedicated staff and faculty who have made a gift in 2019-2020.
The Center for U.S. Missions was dedicated to “equipping God’s people to multiply the harvest.” Through seminars, resources and services, the Center helped churches share the Gospel with their communities and plant new Christian churches. Thanks be to God for these valuable partners in ministry! The Center ceased operations during this fiscal year.