Advancing the mission

This letter, written by Senior Vice President of Advancement Rev. Dr. Roy Peterson, first appeared in the fall 2018 issue of the Concordian, the official magazine of Concordia University Wisconsin.

As you enter the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin, you can’t help but notice the construction taking place right before you. Extending off the end of Luther Hall, steel girders are forming the skeleton of what will next year become the home for the Batterman School of Business. This state-of-the-art academic building will serve as a place of innovation, collaboration, and community outreach as Concordia extends its mission of helping our students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world.

As exciting as the sight of a new building might be, it would not be possible without the generous support of so many of our alumni, friends, and community supporters. Attached to the fencing surrounding the construction site are several banners with the headline “Philanthropy in Action!” Those three words serve as an important reminder to all who pass by that this project, a vital project for our students, would not be possible without philanthropy.

The heart of philanthropy is love—love for others. Demonstrating philanthropy, we reflect in a small way the incredible love that God has first shown us through His Son. For many of our donors, it is this love of God that they have experienced that inspires them to love others, and to be philanthropic and generous. When completed, this building will serve many practical functions, but perhaps more importantly it will remind us of God’s love and our mission to serve our students so that they may serve many more.

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have already given so generously and demonstrated philanthropy to support this project. The building is not yet done, and additional funding is still needed. If your heart is filled with love for our students and the mission that God is setting before them, please give me a call at 262-243-4533. I would love to show you how Concordia continues to build on generosity.

Why support Concordia?

  • Largest MBA program in Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Ranked the safest campus in Wisconsin
  • 2018 Christian College of Distinction
  • 72 undergraduate majors and 42 graduate programs
  • Students from 34 countries

Unique gifting opportunities

  • Support CUW’s greatest needs through the Concordia Fund
  • Create an endowment that supports students for years to come
  • Directly support a student through the Adopt-A-Student program
  • Remember CUW in your estate plans
  • Jump in on a crowdfunding project

For these and more giving opportunities at CUW, visit or call 262-243-4425.

The spring Concordian hit mailboxes the week of October 1. View a PDF version of the magazine here. If you are not on our mailing list, but are interested in receiving a free copy, call 262-243-4333. 

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