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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 06

Vol: 21 November - December 2016

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

Roberts Memorial UMC Leads by Example in the Virginia Conference When Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church chose Africa University as the mission project for its 2016 Men’s Day celebration, its pastor and members had a strategy and a goal in mind—to go beyond the expected and do the extraordinary. Established in 1832, Roberts Memorial UMC is The church’s Men’s Day celebration took place on November20. the oldest continuous AfricanAmerican congregation in the Virginia Africa University. It was $74,072.07 in Conference and one of the oldest in 2015 or 80.69 percent of the asking. the denomination. It is located in Old Daniely noted that the annual Africa Town Alexandria and has 180 mem- University Fund (AUF) contribution for bers. About 80 people are usually in Roberts Memorial was set at $93.00 attendance at the Sunday morning and his reaction was a combination of worship services. embarrassment and sadness. In July 2015, the Rev. Dr. James G. “I challenged our men, and through Daniely, a campus minister for more them the church, to make a statethan 20 years, became the pastor of ment! The paltry goal was $1,000.00, Roberts Memorial UMC. He said that and they responded by exceeding that he looked up the apportionment sent by 300 percent,” said Daniely. “They by the Virginia Conference to support were surprised and elated that the

Partnerships Boost Africa University’s mission Africa University’s influence is spreading across the continent and around the globe through partnerships with government agencies, non-profits and corporations — nearly 25 years after The United Methodist Church founded the university in Zimbabwe. While the new partnerships are important, James H. Salley, associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement, stressed that the university owes its existence and incredible growth to the support of The United Methodist Church — support that is still crucial. The university, which celebrates the quarter-century mark in 2017, has always received strong financial support from the church through the apportionment fund, special campaigns by annual conferences, individual donors, and more.

The majority of AU partners support student scholarships and academic infrastructure.

Even as the support from secular sources grows, a campaign in the church to increase the university’s endowment to $100 million is underway. “The prayers and the gifts that United Methodists are investing through the Campaign for Africa University — an effort

church lost nothing in the process.” The church’s strategy was to use the Men’s Day souvenir booklet to generate funds for this second-mile gift to Africa University. Daniely says that when word got out that the sale of the ads would benefit Africa University, people responded. Several individuals made generous gifts to support what the church was doing for the university. In November, Roberts Memorial UMC presented a gift of $3,275.00 to James Salley, its Men’s Day speaker and the associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Africa University. Though he was never in doubt of the outcome, Daniely says that there is a lesson in the Roberts Memorial UMC Men’s Day experience for other congregations of a similar size. “I hope other small and mediumsized congregations might adopt similar strategies to assist Africa University,” Daniely said. to raise $50 million for endowed scholarships, new program initiatives, and capital projects — will certainly strengthen the university’s role in shaping Africa’s future through changed lives and communities,” said Salley, who heads the development office in Nashville. Africa University is a good fit for many different types of organizations. “A big selling point for everyone who gets into a relationship with Africa University is the potential impact to a continent,” said Munashe Furusa, the vice chancellor. “You have 31 of the 55 countries in Africa that have been represented on the campus. It gives you the possibility of being involved in change leadership across borders and across Africa.”

-Adapted from a UM News Service story by Jeff Wolfe.


Consider investing in the “Campaign for Africa University”. It’s our first churchwide campaign. The goal is $50 million to address all phases of growth and provide sustainability in the coming years by endowing student scholarship, funding innovation in teaching and research, and improving the campus infrastructure. We invite you to share the gift of an educational experience that produces leaders who are ethically and morally grounded, bold and proactive in serving and transforming communities. To give online, go to or make your check payable to “Africa University and mail it to the AU Development Office, P O Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007.

It has been said that those who believe in the present leadership of an organization make current gifts, and those who believe in the future leadership of an organization make deferred or planned gifts. Planned gifts — bequests, insurance and retirement designations, trusts, gifts annuities---ensure that Africa University will continue to operate in perpetuity to fulfill the mission for which it was established in 1988: to provide quality education within a PanAfrican context through which persons can acquire general and profesJenkins, director sional knowledge and Elaine of planned giving. skills; grow in spiritual maturity; and develop sound moral values, ethics, and leadership qualities. If you have already included Africa University in your estate plans, please let us know so that we may welcome you into the Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society. For more information about the planned giving program, visit the planned giving website at http://www. 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), ejenkins@gbhem. org (email address).

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Acacia - November/December 2016  

Update on developments at Africa University for the 4th quarter of 2016. Publication features institutional advancement news.

Acacia - November/December 2016  

Update on developments at Africa University for the 4th quarter of 2016. Publication features institutional advancement news.