Campaign National Tour Returns To Los Angeles

November 17, 2016

On Saturday, November 5, President Barry H. Corey and the Campaign National Tour returned to Los Angeles for the Tour’s 15th event. Local alumni, parents and friends gathered to learn more about “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University,” the $180 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.

Approximately 50 guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and connecting with fellow Biolans at the offices of Gensler, the architectural firm responsible for the design of the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health.  

The keynote speaker for the evening was David Kinnaman. Kinnaman is a Biola alumnus, president of Barna Group and author of the bestselling books, You Lost Me and unChristian. Since joining Barna in 1995, He has overseen studies that have polled more than 350,000 individuals and has designed and analyzed nearly 500 projects for a variety of clients, including the American Bible Society, Columbia House, Compassion, NBC-Universal, Sony, Thomas Nelson, and many others.

Kinnaman shared a message detailing how the Christian community can be a counterculture for the common good in an increasingly hostile society, and he believes that Biola’s vision for the future is vital for impacting our world for Christ.

After Kinnaman concluded his keynote, President Barry Corey briefly introduced guests to the details of the comprehensive fundraising campaign, including the focus on both student affordability and the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health.

“This is the most ambitious campaign in Biola’s history, with our goal of $180 million, which is nearly 10 times larger than our previous largest fundraising campaign,” Corey shared, adding, “But this campaign is not just about bricks and mortar, but about putting Biola into a better position to carry on its important task of raising up the next generation of Christian leaders in key spheres of society.”  

Corey also announced the exciting news that The Campaign for Biola University had reached a total of $179 million committed to the campaign.  “We are seeing a lot of momentum, and we are on a good track to reach the finish line,” Corey said.

After learning about the campaign guests were invited to support The Campaign for Biola University. Thanks to the support of those in attendance, and the generosity of a match by a donor, over $12,000 was given at the event to support Biola’s bold vision for the future. To date, the Campaign National Tour has raised over $800,000 from events and subsequent gifts by attendees.





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