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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 04 Vol: 20 September - October 2015

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Africa University Development Office | P O Box 340007 | Nashville, TN 37203 Tel. (615) 340-7438 | Email:

Record Level Results for AU’s Planned Giving Program Africa University recognized 21 individuals for their generosity and commitment to the institution at the 15th annual Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society Dinner, held on September 11th in Nashville, TN. About 120 friends and supporters of the university gathered to remember, honor and induct new members into the society in an evening filled with thanksgiving and delight. The 2015 Legacy Society inductees, 11 in number, included Mr. Gerald R. Aubrey and Mrs. Jerry Jo Voris Burkman. The Indianapolis-based couple are long-standing friends of Africa University and retired missionaries who served in Africa, Europe and the Far East. In support of the current $1.6M Indiana Conference campaign for Africa University, the couple endowed a scholarship in memory of Mrs. Burkman’s parents, Merle and

Mr. Gerald Aubrey and Mrs. Jerry Jo Voris Burkman (center) are 2015 Legacy Society inductees and Mr. Kevin G. Goodwin and Mrs. Karen Olsen Goodwin (right) recently made their third planned gift. Esther Voris, saying that they were “impressed with the purpose of Africa University, especially the whole continent focus of the vision.” Mr. Kevin G. Goodwin and his wife, Mrs. Karen Olsen Goodwin, were among the 10 members of the Legacy Society who have made new gifts. As their third planned gift to Africa University, the Goodwins are funding an endowed scholarship. They chose to tithe from a family bequest.

ELMA Challenge Grant Generates $1M+ African donors went over the top on their contributions to Africa University under the ELMA Foundation Matching Grant Appeal. Their gifts exceeded the appeal goal of $500,000 by $23,417. Launched in March 2013, the ELMA Foundation Matching Grant Appeal helped the university to meet immediate funding gaps in its operating budget. Over a two-year period, the ELMA Foundation matched gifts by qualified African donors dollar for dollar—disbursing funds on a quarterly basis. Thanks to the match, the appeal generated more than $1 million for the university. “We are grateful to the ELMA Foundation for providing the matching grant which helped the university to cultivate the African donor base and inject much need-

ed funds into its operational budget,” said Dr. Munashe Furusa, the vice chancellor. “We are equally grateful to all who generously invested in the university through the appeal,” said Furusa. “Your support was incredibly helpful and allowed us to reach our goal and enhance our capacity to continue the work of investing in Africa’s future.” African businesses, institutions and nongovernmental organizations contributed more than 65% of the total amount raised. A key element to the success of the appeal was the influence of the university’s alumni and their parents, who leveraged their networks to generate gifts. Africa University alumni, students, faculty, staff, trustees, and United Methodist churches also made significant gifts.

Africa University’s planned giving program recorded gifts totaling more than $3.8 million in the first eight months of 2015, including the university’s first planned gift in excess of $1 million. The Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society, named for a founding Board member and chair of the Building and Grounds Committee from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, has a membership of 360.

Scholarship to Honor Dr. Maggie Jackson

An effort is underway to endow a scholarship at Africa University in honor of Dr. Magnolia “Maggie” Jackson. Friends and colleagues of Dr. Jackson have a goal of $150,000 which, when invested, will provide income to support at least one student annually. Through this scholarship initiative, organizers aim to recognize Jackson’s 38-year career in higher education and her extensive voluntary service within and beyond The United Methodist Church.

Giving Thanks is in Our DNA Giving thanks is a ment. These spebig part of what we do cial donors have, at Africa University, in effect, elevated and we take this Africa University to responsibility serithe status of family. ously. It is one of our On September greatest pleasures. 11, 2015, eleven This is why we estabindividuals were lished the Richard E. inducted into the “Dick” Reeves Legacy Legacy Society at Society in 2001---to the annual recogni(L to R) Dr. William L. McFadden, Bishop Marcus recognize and to Matthews, Dr. Munashe Furusa, and Mr. James H. Salley tion dinner, and ten welcome Mrs. Rebecca W. Eleazer (center) to the thank those very speindividuals were Legacy Society. cial donors who either recognized for havhave included Africa University in their ing made second and third planned gifts. estate plans or who have made a gift One of the 2015 inductees is Mrs. Rebecca of at least $10,000.00 to the endow- W. Eleazer of Columbia, SC. By informing

us of her deferred gift, Mrs. Eleazer gave us the opportunity to thank her during her lifetime. Also, notification of her future gift enables the university to plan for the future with greater assurance and confidence. Have you made provisions to leave a future gift to Africa University through your will or other estate-planning document? If so, please let us know so that we may express our sincere gratitude to you and welcome you to the Legacy Society. Please visit the planned giving website at or call or write our Director of Planned Giving, Elaine Jenkins, Africa University Development Office, P. O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN, 37203-0007, 615/340-7428 (telephone), 615/340-7290 (fax), (e-mail address).

Key Focus for VC Furusa is Attracting Africa’s Young Leaders ment currently stands at 1,109 students from 27 African countries, with an additional 770 students enrolled in part-time programs. As he enters his second year as AU’s vice Ms. Claudine Migisha (left) is a first-year student, chancellor/CEO, Dr. majoring in psychology. She is one of the more than Munashe Furusa has 380 new students AU welcomed this year. identified the construcand celebrated to hear that I was going to tion of new student housing and sports facilities as well as the creation of hubs for study in one of the best schools in Africa.” Migisha enrolled at Africa University with innovation, business incubation, and techscholarship support from an institutional nology transfer as AU’s top priorities for partner, the African Leadership Academy, the next five years. Furusa aims to make AU the first choice for the continent’s most and the MasterCard Foundation. Africa University’s total full-time enrol- inventive students.

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More than 380 young people participated in the 2015 Matriculation Ceremony at Africa University on September 25th. The colorful ceremony was the formal induction and welcome into the campus community for the freshman class of 2015. For some students, like 22-year-old Claudine Migisha from Goma/North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just getting to the Africa University campus in Zimbabwe is a major milestone. Migisha’s parents were killed when she was six. They left behind six children who struggled to get an education. “Africa University was the first school I applied to and when I received the acceptance letter from Africa University I was speechless,” said Migisha. “I was happy

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Acacia eNewsletter - September-October 2015  

Update on developments at Africa University (AU), and in the work of the AU Development Office.