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Generous donors shine their light on Giving Day

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (October 26, 2022) — Over 800 donors came together to exceed the goal for Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s third annual Giving Day, Sept. 29.

Donations from 815 donors totaled $258,768, all of which will be used to directly impact the lives of students.

“We are thankful for the support of alumni, friends, family, community business partners, the local community, and our staff and faculty,” said Darrel George, Assistant Vice President for Development. “Not only did they give from their heart, they encouraged others to support our students. We are also grateful for our lead donors whose support provided a spotlight on programs and areas that are important to our students and their vocational aspirations.”

Alumni, friends, donors, faculty and staff were asked to shine their light on MVNU’s students with their gifts to the University Fund or programs of particular interest. The total contributed toward these funds included:

Arts & Music — $16,962 including a $10,000 lead gift from Bruce (’71) & Roberta (’71) Granger

Athletics — $5,939

Campus Ministries — $23,755 including a $20,000 combined lead gift from the MVNU Board of Trustees

Student Experience — $22,304 which includes a $10,000 dollar-for-dollar matching gift from Kaye (’86) & Daniel Ranke in honor of Kaye’s mother, Nota McCall, who was the resident director of Pioneer Hall for 20 years.

Student Research — $27,055 with combined lead gift of $25,000 from Alex (’91) & Kim Doverspike and Curt (’88) & Deanna Gingrich.

University Fund & Endowments — $162,753 which includes a $10,000 lead gift from the Senior Leadership Team.

“The mission of MVNU is a serious and powerful force in the world because it is based upon the truth of Jesus Christ,” said George. “When you give to MVNU, you aren’t giving to an institution, you are equipping the next generation to carry the message of Jesus into every place, every relationship, and every type of work they will encounter.”

For more information on Giving Day, or to donate, visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to nearly 2,000 students from 25 states and 11 foreign countries.