Yearly contributions to the University Fund are vital to the support of MidAmerica Nazarene University. These annual gifts support every student by bridging the gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of providing an education. Annual gifts are a key source of support that has an impact on virtually everything at the University. Please consider becoming an annual contributor!
MNU’s University Fund
At MNU, annual contributions are applied to the University Fund which supports an array of important initiatives:
- Student Scholarships
University Fund gifts designated for scholarships help bridge the gap between the cost of a college education and what families can afford. Every dollar goes toward current student scholarships and programs. As loans and financial aid become increasingly scarce, more students need the scholarships available through the University Fund. In fact, over 95 percent of our traditional undergraduate students rely on scholarships to attend MNU.
- Undesignated gifts
When you do not specifically indicate where your University Fund gift should be applied, these gifts are termed undesignated. This type of gift allows our staff to place the funds in the most critical areas and is often an answer to prayer.
- Designated gifts
When you specifically indicate where funds should be applied, these gifts are termed designated. For example, if you wanted to support the biology department’s equipment replacement fund, you would indicate such on the memo line of your check and we will honor that request.
We hope you will prayerfully consider supporting the leaders of tomorrow with a gift to the University Fund. Your contribution of any amount can make a difference in our students' lives!
Answer the Call
MNU’s Student Phonathon is an important program of the University Fund that connects current students with MNU alumni, friends and parents. Our student callers call over 10,000 prospects during their 7-week calling campaign each year, and last fall you contributed more than $56,000 to the University Fund scholarships through Phonathon.
Fulfilling your pledge. Did you receive a call from one of our Phonathon callers already this calendar year and commit to making a pledge over the phone? Fulfill your commitment and make a gift today.
Join the Club
We believe in the importance of honoring our faithful donors and thanking them for their generous contributions. Many donors have given for years and belong to our greater MNU family because of their involvement.
Donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the University Fund each calendar year are distinguished members of the University Club and receive special recognition in our annual report and Honor Roll of Donors. This recognition is just a token of our deep appreciation for your faithful giving.
For more information about the University Club, please contact Tim Keeton at 913-971-3607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can you support the University Fund?
Give. A contribution of any amount to the University Fund can make a difference in our students’ lives.
Answer the Call. MNU’s annual student Phonathon is an important program of the University Fund.
Become a Member. An annual gift of $1,000 or more establishes membership in MNU’s University Club.
What is Annual Giving?
Each year, MNU contacts friends, alumni, and parents for gifts to support the ongoing work of the University. Choosing to give to MNU each year, whatever the amount, is one of the best, most significant ways to demonstrate commitment to MidAmerica and its mission. In fact, the percentage of alumni and friends who give annually to MNU will likely influence corporations and foundations who may consider a large gift to MNU. Every gift makes a difference!
What is the University Fund?
The University Fund is the foundation of giving at MNU. The University Fund provides alumni, parents and friends an avenue to give unrestricted support to MNU and ultimately, provide scholarships to students. The opportunity to participate is provided through a series of informative mailings, the annual student phonathon, and through online giving and matching gift opportunities.
Why is the University Fund important?
Gifts to the University Fund shape the future of MNU by providing funds for scholarships and programs. Your contributions to the University Fund help to bridge the difference between the total cost of attending MNU and the amount students pay out-of-pocket.
Are there ways to contribute to the University Fund other than making gifts by cash or credit card?
While most contributions are made in the form of personal checks or credit card payments, gifts of appreciated securities (either stocks or mutual funds) can result in additional tax savings to you. You can deduct the market value of the securities, up to the established IRS limits, and you can avoid capital gains tax that is payable if you sold them. Other types of gifts take the form of gifts of personal property (collectibles, antiques, artwork, etc.), gifts of real estate, life insurance policies, gifts by will or bequest, and gifts in honor of or in memory of an individual.
Will my company match my gift?
Over 1,000 companies and corporate foundations currently match their employees' gifts to MidAmerica Nazarene University. Under a corporate matching gift program, gifts made by a company's eligible employees to the nonprofit organizations that meet the company's guidelines are matched with company or corporate foundation funds. Corporate matching gifts are an important source of annual giving funds for MNU. In most cases, we receive dollar-for-dollar matches. But in some cases, the company's match doubles or triples your gift, making this a powerful option!
Do company matching gifts count toward donor recognition?
Yes. At MNU, matching gifts count toward our donor recognition program and University Club membership. For example, a donor who contributes a $500 gift and files a one-to-one company match claim within the same fiscal year is recognized as a University Club member at the $1,000 gift level in the published Honor Roll of Donors.
Office of University Advancement
Attn: Office of University Advancement
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: 913.971.3600 or 877-496-8668
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Please note: Charitable gifts to MidAmerica Nazarene University are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.