Advancement

Advancement

Giving Priorities & Opportunities

We’re building something together: a Christian community of learners who understand what servant leadership is all about; a college campus dedicated to honoring God; a vision for students who build their lives on a Christian foundation.

Help us stay on course by partnering with us through prayer and your financial gifts.

There are a myriad of ways to be involved in the educational ministry of Warner University. The possibilities are limitless. If you have questions or wish to discuss any of the opportunities, please contact Doris Gukich, Vice President for Advancement for more information. She can be reached at 863-638-7611 or doris.gukich@warner.edu

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Scholarships

Scholarships are vitally important to the educational success of college students today; this scenario is the same for the majority of Warner University students. More than 95% of WU students receive some form of financial aid from the University. You can see why scholarship funding is so important to offering a high-quality, Christian education. Through the establishment of Endowed Scholarships, Warner University is able to provide student financial support for academic award and financial need. An Endowed Scholarship can be established through a donation of $10,000. The fund can begin with any amount and as you give it continues to grow. When it reaches $10,000 it qualifies as a Named Endowment. Endowed Scholarship Policy and Endowed Scholarship Form

Planned Giving – What is your legacy?

You may create a gift of lasting significance to Warner University through bequests, gift annuities, stocks, real estate, insurance, charitable remainder trusts, wills & estates, and other types of gifts. These “planned gifts” make it possible for you to take care of yourself and your family, minimize your federal tax liability, and benefit the university in a lasting way. To learn more about gift through:

  • Wills & Estates
  • Charitable Annuities
  • Trusts
  • Life Insurance

Contact Doris Gukich, Vice President of Advancement at doris.gukich@warner.edu or 863-638-7611.

*Always consult your tax professional regarding any planned gift you wish to make.

Alumni Giving

Support your Alma Mater by taking the Lion’s Share challenge. For as little as $10 per month, you can join other Royals in securing the future of Warner University. Of course we will be happy to accept larger gifts as well. Donations can be made through a one-time gift, but they can also be set up to be automatically deducted from your checking/savings account or credit card, if you prefer.

Alums can also support WU through employer matching gifts, student recruitment, and contacting Career Services with internship and employment opportunities. All of the options help the university continue to grow while increasing the value of the diploma you already hold.

Clark Peacemaking Initiative

The Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) group was named in honor of Dr. Robert and Fran Clark at Warner University. A fund was established to support this peacemaking initiative. PACT is committed to linking with movements at sister Church of God institutions of higher learning in bringing together the “international network of followers of Jesus who take seriously His call to be peacemakers, and to work and pray for peace in the hearts, homes, communities, nations and the world” (Church of God Peace Fellowship).

Bob & Frances Clark

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This fund honors persons who are national treasures for the Church of God-Robert and Frances Clark. Two of their life passions are missions and peace. They are known and admired for pouring out their lives for the people of India and Pakistan. They became beloved members of the Warner University family when Dr. Robert Clark taught and shared his heart for Missions. Mrs. Frances Clark’s board experience and keen insights were a great asset to the Missionary Board when she was elected to its governing body.

Bob is from an extended family of peacemakers. He and Fran are pioneer leaders of the Church of God Peace Fellowship, start in the 1930s by Dean Russell Olt and Dr. Adam Miller. During the 2007 General Assembly of the Church of God, the Clarks received the “Peacemakers of the Year” Award.

In our eagerness to be supportive of the CLARK PEACEMAKING FUND during 2007, the Peace Fellowship made an initial contribution of $1,000. A retired WU faculty member gave $2,000. Clark family and friends plan to make annual, sacrificial gifts.

Will you help honor Bob and Fran by sending a gift?

“A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” – James 3:18

Capital Campaigns & Facility Development

Dr. H. Darrel Darby Academic Building

Darby BuildingAll living things need space in order to grow, develop and thrive. This truth applies directly to students and their learningenvironment. Warner University is experiencing a period of great growth in enrollment. The 49,000 square foot Dr. H. Darrel Darby Academic Building will provide vital spaces that will facilitate creativity and collaboration among students, faculty and staff. Construction has begun, but naming opportunities are still available and may be spread over a three-year commitment.

Dr. H. Darrel Darby

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Dr. Darby was a well-respected podiatrist who designed the DARCO MedSurg Shoe, today’s shoe of choice for foot and ankle surgeons around the world. Though his company, DARCO International, was Dr. Darby’s primary calling, he was involved in people’s lives in many other ways.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, was elected to the West Virginia State Senate, and became an integral part of the Board of Trustees at Warner University, serving on the Executive Committee for most of his tenure.

Dr. Darby wholeheartedly supported Christian education. He insisted that a portion of DARCO’s sales be used to fund student scholarships. Since 1985, over $500,000 has been donated and many have benefited from his generosity.

In 2004, one year after his death, Dr. Darby was awarded the “Distinguished Service Citation,” the highest honor bestowed by the American Podiatric Medical Association, in recognition of his contributions to the profession of podiatry.

Memorial Tribute

I first met Dr. Darrel Darby when I was being interviewed by the Warner University Presidential Search Committee. The meeting took place in Dr. Darby’s home in Huntington, West Virginia. Prior to his death on November 18, 2003, Dr. Darby served on the Warner University Board of Trustees for 15 years. He was one of the wisest men I have ever known. He was completely devoted to God, his family, his church and this institution.

Dr. Darby was the perfect example of a man whose life should be revered at institutions like ours. He was dedicated, generous and a true example of what it means to live a life of significance.

Dr. Darby’s son, Mike, carries on his father’s legacy at Warner University by serving on the Board of Trustees. In many ways, it is like having Dr. Darrel Darby still involved with this institution.

We are grateful that Dr. Darby’s wife, Laura, and his family chose to recognize his life accomplishments by generously supporting the Dr. H. Darrel Darby Academic Building that will forever bear his name.

Dr. Gregory V. Hall
President

To view our Naming Opportunities, click here.

Agriculture Complex

AG buildingThe Warner University Agriculture complex, upon completion, will become the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified building in Lake Wales, FL. LEED certification recognizes projects or building utilizing environmentally friendly building practices during construction or remodeling. In addition to sustainable green building practices, the Warner University Agriculture Complex will use wind turbines and solar panels to be as energy self-sufficient as possible. A rainwater collection tank will provide water for irrigation and feeding purposes. This 38,000 sq.ft., over two-million-dollar complex was designed to enhance hands-on learning in order to graduate students skilled and ready to enter the agricultural workforce. Your donation of one million dollars will establish a Legacy Namesake for the Agricultural Studies program.To view our Naming Opportunities, click here. Items listed in black are still available to adopt.

Alumni & Friends Brick Walkway

The Alumni & Friends Brick Walkway is a wonderful way to honor someone, commemorate a special event, or pay tribute to a loved one. Your name, year of graduation or personal message will be engraved and placed alongside those of classmates, friends and family in the walkway that begins at the Love Essence sculpture. Bricks may be purchased for $100 each, and will pave the way for future Royals for years to come.