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! Online

USPS: CIU Development 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 StoryWhen Malcolm Campbell’s mother drove him from their home in Chicago to enroll at Columbia International University, she was making a huge sacrifice. The single mother of 13 children believed so much in her seventh child getting a CIU education that she scraped together $7,000 to get him started at the school he strongly wanted to attend.

“She really wanted to make that sacrifice for me,” Malcolm said referring to both the money and the willingness to drop off her son hundreds of miles from home. “It was hard for her. She always told me and my siblings that she wanted us to make our own decisions and live with them, even if that scares her. So she took that risk, she really did.”

Because learning disabilities brought challenges for Malcolm, he had to work hard his first couple of semesters to bring up his grades to qualify for certain scholarships, which he did. He also earned money working in the Dining Hall, and somehow found time to play on the CIU Rams men’s basketball team.

Consequently, Malcolm is grateful for scholarships funded by CIU donors that has freed up some of his time, as he works toward completing his bachelor’s degree in Church Ministry.

“That’s a lot of stress and pressure off my mom and it took a lot of pressure off of me, and it really renewed my trust in people who care and want to support you,” Malcolm said. “If it wasn’t for my scholarships, I would not be in school.”

Malcolm is engaged to be married, and after completing his undergraduate work, plans to study for a master of divinity degree in CIU Seminary & School of Ministry. Then he says he wants to go back to Chicago and plant churches and youth centers to help children “who are not blessed with the resources I have been blessed with.”

“The need for strong Christian leaders in Chicago is great,” Malcolm continues, noting the city’s deadly crime rate and corruption. “The city is plagued with immorality, brokenness, and death. But the Lord can redeem any situation, He truly can.”

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