Bethel University Publishes Community Impact Report

Lissa Diaz

The Bethel University Community Impact Report, a brand-new publication, is now available for viewing on our community partners page. The report, sponsored by Everence®, a financial services organization, focuses on how community partnerships are helping to shape Bethel University and how Bethel is giving back to the local community.

As a proud member of the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), Bethel University is one of 30 committed collaborators, working with businesses, nonprofits, and local and state agencies to ensure we offer the most relevant academic programs possible for all students and the Hoosier workforce. According to the ICI, Bethel University and its faculty, staff and students directly purchase $36.8 million in goods and services from Indiana businesses. Those transactions result in 711 jobs and nearly $72.2 million to the Indiana economy.

“Bethel offers life-changing education to individuals who impact and benefit our Michiana community, as well as the state of Indiana, as students and graduates. In fact, 70% of Bethel graduates stay in the state after graduation,” says Matt Lentsch, MPA, CFRE, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. 

This year, Bethel has fostered community partnerships through its GROW campaign as well as through its annual Service Day and Give Back Gala.

The GROW campaign is a bold, proactive, data-based approach that pulls from our strengths to open many doors for prospective students. In just one year, it has introduced new initiatives including the Field Scholar Program, a low- or no-debt path through Bethel made possible through community partnerships, and the on- ground computer science program, which utilizes newly renovated, donor-funded facilities including a team lab, classroom and lounge space. It has also produced new athletic programs and facilities, including the Swimming and Bowling teams, which launched this year, and a $4 million training center to be built in 2020 to expand recreational facilities for our students and athletes, including our National Champion Track & Field teams. 

These advancements, as well as the fully funded Van & Jean Gates Welcome Center, which broke ground this fall, the online virtual tour of campus through YouVisit, four new online programs and a digital marketing partnership (launched in Fall 2018), are meant to provide students with a high-quality, Christ-centered education in order to produce a stronger work force in the future.

Bethel University’s mission is to transform communities through Christ-centered graduates and events such as the annual campus-wide Service Day, reinforce this. Bethel’s 31st annual Service Day, sponsored by United Federal Credit Union, had about 650 participants serving at nearly 50 locations in the community.

Partners such as Everence, Brotherhood Mutual, Burns Special Events, DJ Construction, J2 Marketing, St. Joseph Health System and United Federal Credit Union support a wide variety of the campaigns and initiatives at Bethel. Everence has strong Bethel connections — 19 graduates currently serve as employees — and their organization has been supporting Bethel for the last three decades.

Lentsch says, “When you support Bethel University’s most critical needs, you make an immediate impact with far-reaching results for our community and beyond. Through generous gifts, you can change lives, be part of something bigger and help build committed leaders to serve our communities, the Church and the world.”

Read the full report now.

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