Launch AU Campaign

Introducing Launch 2040.

The mission of Anderson University is to educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society. This mission is more important today than ever before. Moved by the significance of this responsibility, university leaders prayerfully gathered for an exercise in self-understanding, critique, and dreaming in the fall of 2022. As we corporately discussed the future, two piercing questions captured our imaginations.

Future Ravens born on this very day will arrive on our campus in 2040. Will we be ready? What must we do today to ensure this university is prepared to answer our mission for these young souls?

And with this, Launch 2040 was born.

President Pistole and student walking at Anderson University Indiana
Resourcing Anderson University’s Vision for 2040.

The Launch AU Campaign PROGRESS IN Raising $25M Over 3 Years.

  • 42% 42%
$10.6M raised toward the university goal of $25M.



Student + Spiritual Life

Tri-S Program: $3,000,000
Center for Career + Calling: $200,000
Club Sport Expansion: $200,000
Special Programs + Projects: $100,000


Student Scholarships

AU Student Fund: $4,500,000
Other Scholarships: $1,000,000
Endowed Scholarships: $750,000
Madison County Fund: $750,000


Launch Fund

Strategic Initiatives: $7,500,000


Athletics Excellence

Macholtz Stadium Renovations: $3,500,000
Tennis Courts Renovation: $600,000
Baseball Stadium Field Turf: $450,000
Special Programs + Projects: $450,000


Academic Life

Dance Studio + Wilson Gallery: $700,000
Center for Public Service: $500,000
Spanish Certificate Program: $250,000
Special Programs + Projects: $550,000

“Anderson University has been an anchor on the city of Anderson’s east side since its beginning in 1917. Now, over 100 years later, it is still a significant contributor to Anderson’s future. It is our pleasure to be able to enrich AU through our time, talent, and treasure.”
John Pistole headshot
Jay and Nancy Ricker, 
Co-Chairs, Launch AU 
Fundraising Campaign
Launch 2040
Dozens of people raising their candles during Christmas ceremony.


We believe that the more we shape our campus culture to be boldly Christ-centered, fearlessly inclusive, and experientially engaging, the more successful our students will be as transformational servant leaders.

cheerleaders at AU Homecoming

Madison County

We believe that our Christ-driven educational mission encompasses serving our local communities — the City of Anderson, Madison County, and the Indianapolis metropolitan area — through cultural and economic impact as we contribute to workforce development.

cheerleaders at AU Homecoming

The Church of God

We believe that our institutional affiliation with the Church of God presents untapped opportunities to equip pastors, preachers, teachers, missionaries, and servant leaders to offer light and life in every mission field and industry.

People marching with flags


We believe that by investing more deeply in all of our communities — campus, region, and Church — Anderson University will create a ripple effect of societal impact that will be seen and felt for generations to come.