CIU Fund

What is the CIU Fund?

The CIU Fund is comprised of annual gifts from CIU’s loyal alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff. These gifts provide student aid, faculty salaries and the ability to undertake critical new initiatives while maintaining a distinctive CIU education.

Why Give?

Your gifts make a difference every day in the life of a CIU student! Annual gifts to the CIU Fund are critical to an exceptional CIU experience. Tuition is the main source of revenue but it only covers about 60% of what it actually costs to provide a CIU education and the CIU Fund bridges the 40% gap.

How can I give?

CIU makes it easy!


USPS: CIU Advancement Office, Box 3122, Columbia, SC 29230

Call: 803-807-5006 credit card & stock gifts

Why is monthly giving important?

Monthly gifts offer a unique opportunity for you to partner with CIU and allow CIU to plan strategically for the future which is vital for CIU’s financial stability. Online recurring giving provides you with a convenient way to be a part of CIU’s mission steadily throughout the year.

The difference you make:

Impact StoryFor Guillermo and Augie Arce-Ruiz, donor scholarships changed their lives. The brothers are originally from Mendoza, Argentina but have been living in Beaufort, SC for over 16 years. Both graduated in 2017 with a degree in Business and Organizational Leadership and Bible.

Augie was the first to attend CIU as a freshman. As he puts it, “I wasn’t originally looking into CIU… However, God put this opportunity before me due to my situation… everything fell into place and it was amazing.” It was the life-changing experience Augie had at CIU that later influenced Guillermo to attend as well.

Due to their immigrant status they were both ineligible for federal scholarships. That’s why donor scholarships were so important. On their impact Guillermo says, “It was huge. It was the only way we could come.”

The brothers both played soccer for the Rams, and Guillermo is especially thankful for Coach James Whitaker, who was a role model and mentor in his life. Guillermo now works for Grow Financial Credit Union, seeking to help others with financial matters. Augie works weekdays at a human resources company assisting with the Hispanic community, and on weekends he works with the Charleston Battery soccer club. He hopes someday to enter into the business side of professional soccer.

The brothers are immensely grateful for the generosity of donors. Augie says, “For CIU donors all I can say is that I am beyond thankful for their financial support. I look forward to beginning my career and being a donor in the future. I will forever be thankful for the amazing opportunity that was given to me at CIU.” Guillermo added that he wants donors to know that “every donation makes a difference!”

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