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2020 Honor Roll of Donors

Concordia University Irvine

CUI Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2020 at a Glance

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.

  • FY20 started quietly, but in August we celebrated the university’s first-ever $1M+ stock gift.  Additional million dollar gifts or estate pledges followed in October, December, January, and two in June. 
  • Over 5,700 gifts were made, with a median gift size of $83.34.  (We are grateful to those donors who give $83.34 a month for twelve months for a total gift of $1,000!)
  • By June 30, 2020, total philanthropic support for the fiscal year reached a record-setting $15M!

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. 

  • Dr. Michael Thomas was elected in October and inaugurated in February as Concordia’s 5th president.
  • In January, Forward in Faith—The Campaign for Concordia exceeded expectations and surpassed its $85M goal, more than 11 months ahead of schedule. The scope and impact of this campaign speaks not only to our historical roots, but also to the point of strength at which we find ourselves today and the bright hope of our future.  The total raised will be announced after the Campaign concludes on December 31st.  
  • In March, as COVID restrictions took over, students were asked to move home, although about 70 who had no place to go or no way to get home remained on campus.  In the span of three days, the Concordia Experience became virtual, with online classes and the vast majority of staff working remotely.
  • Funding for the field lights was secured.  These lights will transform the practice, competition, and academic schedules of our student-athletes, and expand the recreational time available to all students.
  • By June, the value of the Concordia Endowment climbed to nearly $41M.  By comparison, just over a decade ago, the endowment value was $8M.

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.

University Income: Investment and Other 1%, Philanthropy 4%, Auxiliary 9%, Student Tuition and Fees 86%
Endowment Value: $12.2 million in 2012, $14.5 million in 2013, $23 million in 2014, $26.2 million in 2015, $26.2 million in 2016, $29.9 million in 2017, $35.1 million in 2018, $36.6 million in 2019, $40.9 million in 2020
Uses of Income: Auxiliary 8%, Institutional Support 14%, Student Aid 27%, Academic Programs and Student Service 51%
Degrees Awarded (by Academic Year): 1,150 total degrees in 2011-12 with 721 graduate students and 429 undergraduate students, 1,274 total degrees in 2012-13 with 836 graduate students and 438 undergraduate students, 1,354 total degrees in 2013-14 with 848 graduate students and 506 undergraduate students, 1,521 total degrees in 2014-15 with 1,045 graduate students and 476 undergraduate students, 1,703 total degrees in 2015-16 with 1,233 graduate students and 470 undergraduate students, 1,801 total degrees in 2016-17 with 1,306 graduate students and 495 undergraduate students, 1,641 total degrees in 2017-18 with 1,160 graduate students and 481 undergraduate students, 1,814 total degrees in 2018-19 with 1,273 graduate students and 541 undergraduate students, 1,649 total degrees in 2019-20 with 1,163 graduate students and 486 undergraduate students
Giving by Source: Alumni 12%, Churches 1%, Foundations 10%, Parents 5%, Corporations 6%, Friends/Other 66%
Enrollment Growth (Fall 2012-18): 3,519 total students in 2012 with 1,781 graduate students and 1,748 undergraduate students, 4,046 total students in 2013 with 2,102 graduate students and 1,952 undergraduate students, 4,327 total students in 2014 with 2,393 graduate students and 1,952 undergraduate students, 4,560 total students in 2015 with 2,566 graduate students and 1,994 undergraduate students, 4,370 total students in 2016 with 2,374 graduate students and 1,996 undergraduate students, 4,320 total students in 2017 with 2,396 graduate students and 1,924 undergraduate students, 4,266 total students in 2018 with 2,374 graduate students and 1,892 undergraduate students, 3,985 total students in 2019 with 2,173 graduate students and 1,812 undergraduate students, 4,123 total students in 2020 with 2,367 graduate students and 1,756 undergraduate students

Give Where Your Passion Is

Learn how donors found a way to commit to their passion and share their heart with the Concordia community.

  • Bill and Audrey Dahlgren

    A Passion for Lutheran Education

    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.

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  • Chris ’04 and Katherine Pond ’05

    A Passion for Engaging Alumni & Students and Women in the Workplace

    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.

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  • Phyllis Talmage

    A Passion for Athletics

    Phyllis Talmage

    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.

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  • Caryn and Michael Borland

    A Passion for Music

    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.

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  • Elayne Lohr

    A Passion for Student Scholarships

    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.

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  • Kelly and Cheryl Keithly

    A Passion for the Gospel

    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.

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