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At Concordia University Irvine, our donors are investors, believers, and dreamers. Your gifts of time, talent, and treasure help us advance the university's mission to prepare students for lives of learning, service, and leadership.

Students of Concordia are benefactors of many years of prayerful financial support and thousands of donors each year. It's through our gifted faculty and your generous support that students receive the very best Lutheran Christian college education and go into the world serving God through their callings.

Together, we invest in the lives of our students, empower our faculty, and impact our community - both locally, and beyond our borders into the world. These three priorities are the heartbeat of Concordia.

Stories of Impact

Your support is foundational to academic enterprise, the student experience, and our commitment to service for the common good.

  • Miseker Abate

    Treating Body & Soul

    Miseker Abate walks in a legacy of godliness and care for others that was embodied in her father’s life. For him, it meant becoming a theology professor in their home country of Ethiopia, and then at Concordia Irvine. For Miseker, the path is in the field of medicine. She recently earned her medical degree from UC Irvine and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. She heads now to Cornell University for her surgical residency.

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  • Hank and Dixie Aschbrenner

    God Has a Bigger Shovel

    Hank and Dixie Aschbrenner lead by example when it comes to generosity. Since 1994, Hank has worked with Concordia Irvine to raise funds for numerous projects. But Hank doesn’t just raise funds — the Aschbrenners give around 30 percent of their annual income to Lutheran universities and churches, and encourage others to do the same.

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  • Ryan Ellis

    Next Gen Golf Apparel

    When Ryan Ellis ’03 graduated from Concordia Irvine, he decided not to pursue a career in basketball as his father and sister had done, and instead launched into the clothing industry. Today, Ellis is president of Travis Mathew, the hottest brand in men's apparel for work and play, whose fans include actor Mark Wahlberg, TV celebrity Chris Harrison and dozens of PGA players, surfers and pro athletes.

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  • Elayne Lohr

    Shared Blessings

    Elayne and Paul Lohr experienced great blessing from their family’s egg business, which they helped grow from a small farm to a 60,000-bird ranch. That blessing has flowed down in their own family, and in thirty-five years of impact at CUI where their generosity has helped build the campus and support students through scholarships.

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  • Bill and Audrey Dahlgren

    Innovation and Generosity

    Bill and Audrey Dahlgren, long-time CUI supporters, built an industry-leading company and family through a combination of innovation, risk-taking and prayer.

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  • Chris and Katherine Pond

    The Business of Giving Back

    Chris ’04 and Katherine Pond ’05 came to Concordia Irvine intending to pursue pastoral ministry and school teaching, respectively, but both wound up excelling in the field of business. Though still in their mid-thirties, they have become strong supporters of Concordia Irvine in a variety of ways.

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  • Virginia Slusser

    Making a Difference

    Not many people outlive their life insurance policies. At 100 years old, CUI donor Virginia Hoffman Slusser just did.

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  • Wooden cross in Good Shepherd Chapel

    Significant Grants Establish Two New Centers

    Two grants totaling more than half a million dollars will allow CUI to streamline and broaden students’ preparation for church leadership, and promote a broader understanding of vocation by exploring connections between faith, work, and economics.

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  • Phyllis Talmage

    Longtime Supporter Helps Upgrade Eagles Nest

    On a mezzanine overlooking the gym is a newly re-designed Eagles Nest, an attractive, glass-enclosed room where CUI hosts special receptions, athletics team meetings, and seating during games. The room’s upgrade came thanks to Phyllis Talmage, a generous donor since 1973.

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  • Kelly and Cheryl Keithly

    Sowing Into the Future: Seeds of Faithfulness

    In the 1970s, Kelly and Cheryl Keithly heard a pioneering educator named Charles Manske, Concordia’s founding president, speak at their church about the vision for a Lutheran university in Southern California. His presentation inspired the young couple.

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  • Ryan and Lyndsay's framed music notes

    "Mighty" Music Inspires Scholarship Support

    Ryan ’97 and Lyndsay (Kahler ’96) Ermeling met in the choir at Concordia University Irvine. Two years after graduating, they started the Ein Feste Burg Choral Scholarship to support the choral department and students with financial need.

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You & CUI

Our donors are investors, believers, and dreamers. You are connected to Concordia in many ways and can impact the areas that matter to you.

Join Us at an Event

You play an important role as alumni, parents, and friends, in supporting future leaders to fulfill the great commission, serve the community, and impact the world for Christ. Join us at one of these events and connect with the great things God is doing here.

Gala of Stars

Gala of Stars

May 5 - 12, 2020 - Online

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Concerts on the Green

Concerts on the Green

October 26 & 31, 2020

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Eagle Golf Classic

Eagle Golf Classic

October 12, 2020

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Pastor Day

Pastor Day

October 18, 2019

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Women's Faith & Friendship Connection

Women’s Faith & Friendship Connection

October 24, 2020

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Homecoming

Homecoming

February 1, 2020

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Faith and Business Forum

Faith & Business Forum - Canceled

March 26, 2020

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Great Commission Summit

Great Commission Summit

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Performing Arts Outreach

Performing Arts Outreach

2019-2020 Community Performances

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