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Sunderland Foundation Commits $3 Million for New Student Center

Rendering of the proposed Cunningham Student Center at MNU
University News

The Sunderland Foundation has just awarded MNU an additional $2.4 million in support of the new Cunningham Student Center, bringing its total gift to $3 million for the university’s Bright Futures campaign. 

“The Sunderland family’s legacy and generosity has made a significant impact on this region and the lives of many over the years,” says Dr. David Spittal, MNU president. “The Foundation’s support is a tremendous inspiration as we gain momentum toward our goal of completing fundraising for the Cunningham Student Center by the end of this year.”

The Sunderland family and Foundation are known for supporting visionary projects in the region that results in places where young minds grow and thrive, and where communities come together for celebration and inspiration.

“This incredible gift from The Sunderland Foundation will help transform the student experience at MNU,” says Dr. Jon North, vice president for university advancement. “Their ongoing support of providing spaces for our students to learn and grow provides even greater motivation for others to join in the campaign.” 

The gift was announced at the perfect time because university officials are engaged in a challenge from the Mabee Foundation to raise the remainder of the funding for the Student Center in just one year. Meeting the challenge will result in a $1 million gift from the Mabee Foundation. Already $12 million has been raised in gifts and pledges, leaving $8 million to fund the building by the end of 2019.

The Sunderland Foundation has supported two previous capital projects at MNU: one for the Cook Center athletic and academic facility (1996-1997) and another for the Bell Cultural Events Center (2005-2006). 

For more information on Bright Futures: the campaign for MidAmerica Nazarene University, visit

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Fall 2020

With gratitude we present this issue featuring God’s blessings in allowing MNU students, faculty, staff and administration to be on campus and in classes during the pandemic. Many institutions were not that fortunate. Read all about it and enjoy surprising news about increases in enrollment and other progress happening during this unprecedented time.

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