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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 04 Vol: 21

July - August 2016

Africa University Development Office | P O Box 340007 | Nashville, TN 37203 Tel. (615) 340-7438 | Fax. (615) 340-7290 | Email:

California-Nevada Sets New Record in Giving It’s the middle of the financial year and there are already two firsts for the California-Nevada Conference and Africa University to celebrate. California-Nevada has invested 100 percent of its asking to the Africa University Fund (AUF) apportionment. It is also the first annual conference to achieve this milestone for 2016. “Africa University is one of those ministries that really touches people’s hearts and helps them to see the impact of their giving,” said Bishop Warner Brown, Jr., who will retire on August 31st after serving the San Francisco Episcopal Area for eight years. The California Nevada Conference took deliberate steps to strengthen giving to Africa University and other connectional ministries. The conference prioritized support for general church funds in its budget process. Led by Bishop Brown and its Council on Finance and Administration, California Nevada implemented a tithe model for local church giving in 2014.

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Instead of being given a fixed apportionment figure based on operating expenses, each church was asked to tithe—to invest 10 percent of its operating Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. income at the general church level. “The tithe model has created goodwill that motivates more churches to participate more fully in their connectional giving,” said the conference treasurer, Diane Knudsen. With success on its goal for Africa University, comes a growing confidence in California-Nevada that if every church participates in tithing, the goal of investing at 100 percent in all of the general church funds will be realized.

Dormitory and Student Union Refurbished

Two major refurbishment projects were completed at the campus this month. The ground level of the Ndorimana Bonaventure building—an area that serves as the Student Union at Africa University—got a facelift. A gift from the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, helped the university to update the flooring, repaint the area, and refresh the bathrooms with new fixtures. The university has also refurbished the common areas of the Bishop Edwin C. and Mrs. Betty Ann Boulton Hall of Residence. The building is one of four dormitories that were gifts from the former North and South Indiana Conferences.

AU Leaders Visit Alumni and Friends in Mozambique Senior administrators from Africa University (AU) paid a visit to the alumni in Maputo, Mozambique in late June. The AU delegation was in Maputo from June 23-26 to re-engage with graduates and encourage support for the institution. The trip was made possible by an ELMA Foundation grant to Africa University that supports capacity building in the area of alumni affairs. About 30 Maputo-based alumni met with university leaders to discuss strengthening the Mozambique Chapter of the AU International Alumni Association. The chapter is organizing efforts to “give-back” by the university’s 200 Mozambican graduates, many of whom serve in leadership roles in government, the business and education sectors, and in The United Methodist Church. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Munashe

Furusa was accompanied on the trip by Mr. James H.Salley, the associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement; Mr. Wehnam Dabale, alumni affairs director; and Ms. Sandra Munhumwe, the student recruitment officer. The delegation met with Bishop Joaquina Nhanala of the Mozambique Area to thank her for her leadership, hospitality and support. AU Board member and alumnus, Rev. Anastacio Chembeze, also facilitated discussions with the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Ms. Vitoria Diogo, and with the Rector of Eduardo Mondlane University, Prof. Orlando Quilambo.

SAVE THE DATE March 24-26, 2017 Plan to attend the celebrations at the Africa University main campus at Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. Educational Opportunities Tours is offering a trip itinerary that includes an excursion to the Victoria Falls and Game Safari. Visit to sign up or review the EO itinerary.

Consider Establishing Your Own Named Endowment Fund Africa University’s endowment program has witnessed remarkable growth in recent years because our friends see the benefits of establishing their own named funds. Many start now because they want to see the results right away. Others make arrangements for their estate assets to be transferred after death to initiate the fund. Still others stand in both worlds by starting their endowment now and adding to it later through a bequest, gift annuity, retirement or life insurance designation, or through some other planned giving technique.

Our friends have shared with us three reasons why they have chosen to established a named endowment fund at Africa University: 1) because endowment funds are permanent, and this legacy will carry their names forward in perpetuity; 2) because a strong endowment allows Africa University Elaine Jenkins, director to have a financially of planned giving.

South Carolina Raises Funds for Scholarships

Advisors Meet in Cleveland

lor for institutional advancement for Africa University, Mr. James H. Salley. Planning and implementation of the gala was led by the African American Taskforce of the South Carolina Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee (SC ELCC), chaired by Rev. J. Elbert Williams. “I’m grateful to everyone who saw it in the hearts to donate to Africa University, even when they could not attend,” said SC ELCC chair, Rev. Carleathea Benson. Rev. Williams described the evening as a wonderful success thanks to the many contributions from persons from across South Carolina and lauded supporters for investing in higher education “in a place where it will have a global impact.” The Anderson and Greenville Districts of the South Carolina Conference came together to host the gala at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.

The September meetings of the Africa University Board and the Advisory Development Committees will take place in Cleveland, Ohio this year. The gathering in Cleveland ends with a dinner gala on September 12th, honoring a longstanding board member and chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Dr. Maggie Jackson. Meetings are scheduled for September th and 10th respectively. The annual 8Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society Banquet will take place on September 9th. Twenty churches are welcoming guest preachers and speakers representing Africa University during their Sunday morning worship services as part of an East Ohio Conference saturation event. Four districts of the East Ohio Conference—Canal, Firelands, Mahoning Valley, and North Coast—will also host rallies.

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About 50 South Carolinians attended the “Evening of Elegance Scholarship Dinner Gala” on July 22nd. Attendees included local, county and state representatives as well as clergy and lay members of the South Carolina Conference. The annual event aims to increase awareness of the needs of Africa University students and raise funds for scholarships. It featured a silent auction and keynote address by the associate vice chancel-

stable and secure future; and 3) because making a difference in the lives of young people while doing something good that will last is highly satisfying. For more information about establishing your own named endowment fund, please 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), (email address). Or visit the planned giving website at

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July - August 2016  

Update on developments on the Africa University campus and in the institutional advancement activities of the institution.