Annual Fund

Every gift matters

Your gifts literally shape the experience of Bethel University students, by providing opportunities and experiences that would otherwise not be possible. While annual fund gifts are crucial, we also accept gifts including:
  • Securities
  • Gifts-in-kind
  • Stock
  • Real estate

What is the Bethel University Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is the program for alumni, parents and friends of Bethel University to provide gifts in support of various institutional programs. It includes the following traditional areas of support: unrestricted gifts, scholarships, annual capital improvements and special designated programs. Fundraising activities for the fund are directed by the Institutional Advancement Office.

Why do I get more than one solicitation?

Generally, anyone who makes a gift early in the year will receive only one regular solicitation. Selected mailings to friends who have already made a gift are designed as a thank you and a progress report on Annual Fund gift totals. An opportunity for making a new gift is always provided because many donors prefer to make several smaller gifts rather than one larger gift.

Based on your degree and special interests, you may also receive solicitations from other campus areas groups. We do not want to overwhelm you with mail, so we strive to coordinate the timing of various fundraising programs at the University.

How do I specify support?

Every solicitation mailing provides a choice from a short list of the most urgent general fund needs at the university. The majority of the Annual Fund gifts are used to provide scholarships for our current students. Unrestricted gifts are the best way to provide support for the changing priorities in any financial budget. If you would like to make a larger gift for a special program or project at Bethel University, please call the Institutional Advancement Office at 574.807.7485.

How do matching gifts work?

If your company has a matching gift program, your gift to Bethel University may be doubled or even tripled. Forms are usually available from your human resources department. If you are not sure whether or not a particular company matches gifts, please call us. Matching gifts from your employer will be credited towards your level of giving.

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Contact Us

Give online via credit or debit card.
Call 574.807.7485 and make a gift using your credit card.
Make a gift through electronic fund transfer, directly from your bank.
Checks should be made payable to Bethel University and mailed to:
Bethel University
Institutional Advancement
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka, IN 46545
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at 574.807.7485 or email us.
Donor Privacy
All information concerning donors or prospective donors, including their names, addresses and telephone numbers, the names of their beneficiaries, the amount of their gift, etc., shall be kept strictly confidential by Bethel University, its staff and volunteers, unless permission is obtained from donors to release such information.