Record Results for Planned Giving Program

Africa University recognized 21 individuals for their generosity and commitment to the institution at the 15th annual Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society Dinner, held on September 11th in Nashville, TN. About 120 friends and supporters of the university gathered to remember, honor and induct new members into the society in an evening filled with celebration, thanksgiving and delight.

Africa University Choir, USA, Rust College, music, Mississippi, UMC, studentsThe 2015 Legacy Society inductees, 11 in number,  included Mr. Gerald R. Aubrey and Mrs. Jerry Jo Voris Burkman. The Indianapolis-based couple are long-standing friends of Africa University and retired missionaries who served in Africa, Europe and the Far East. Mrs. Burkman was a college classmate of Africa University’s founding vice chancellor, Rev. Dr. John W. Z. Kurewa. In support of the current $1.6M Indiana Conference campaign for Africa University, the couple endowed a scholarship in memory of Mrs. Burkman’s parents, Merle and Esther Voris, saying that they were “impressed with the purpose of Africa University, especially the whole continent focus of the vision.”

Mr. Kevin G. Goodwin and his wife, Mrs. Karen Olsen Goodwin, were among the 11 members of the Legacy Society who have made new gifts. As their third planned gift to Africa University, the Goodwins are funding an endowed scholarship by tithing from a family bequest.

Africa University’s planned giving program recorded gifts totaling more than $3.8M in the first eight months of 2015, including the university’s first planned gift in excess of $1M. The Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society, named for a founding Board member and chair of the Building and Grounds Committee from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, has a membership of 360.

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