The advancement division staff welcomes student suggestions and cooperation in relating to the university’s diverse constituency. The division consists of Alumni and Parent Engagement and Development and Church Relations (Advancement Assistant 540-432-4597).
These departments conduct all fundraising for EMU including annual giving, capital campaigns for new and renovated facilities, endowment giving, and work with foundations and corporations for grant support. The advancement team also oversees community and church relations and continuously communicates with alumni, friends, parents, and other supporters of the university, including the Seminary and CJP.
The advancement division coordinates Homecoming and Family Weekend, Parent and Alumni Councils, LovEMU Giving Day, Crowdfunding, annual fundraising initiatives including class reunion giving, parent and alumni giving programs, and phone-a-thons, and various on and off-campus events. Members of the development office engage alumni, parents, and friends of the university to invite prayer and financial support to the university. Staff assists donors in establishing or adding to endowed scholarships, and/or chair endowments. The church relations department fosters a healthy relationship with the Mennonite Church USA and other supporting denominations by providing opportunities for worship, leadership, continuing education, interaction, and conversations.